Galway West TD, Éamon ÓCuív, has denied he supported a call by opponents of fish farming to boycott farmed salmon. An article headlined: TD wants farmed salmon boycott in the Connacht Tribune implied that Deputy ÓCuív supported the call to boycott farmed salmon this Christmas, and would opt instead for Irish wild fish.
Written by Dara Bradley, the article claimed that Ó Cuív had informed an Oireachtas Agriculture Food and Fisheries Committee hearing that he would ‘not touch salmon from farms because it is a totally unnatural product.
‘No one can tell me that organic fish farmers do not use chemicals to control for various diseases or lice. Fish produced on such farms can be labeled as organic but I would take the hill lamb over such a fish any day in terms of it being a natural product. I will not touch farmed salmon because it is a totally unnatural product,’ the article states.
When contacted by Inshore Ireland however, the Galway TD denied any involvement with the article in the Connacht Tribune:
“This is totally incorrect. I never called for such a boycott, I never backed one, nor was I contacted about a boycott of farmed salmon. I never even knew there was a boycott.
“It is absolutely incorrect what has been said. I do not support or have any involvement with any boycott. The comment I made was taken totally out of context which was about organic certification. No more, no less.”
Deputy ÓCuív’s references to salmon farming were made during a public session of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine debate on December 1st last.
(See page 14 in the transcript below)