Rope mussel producers in Killary Harbour came together recently under the Coordinated Local Aquaculture Management Systems (CLAMS) to organise a pier clean up in conjunction with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency. Waste consisting of old rope, mesh and barrels was cleared from three piers – Rosroe, King’s and Bundorragha on Killary Harbour.
The primary aim of CLAMS is to ensure that the development of the Irish aquaculture industry is in keeping with the principles of Single Bay Management. The process is a nationwide initiative and CLAMS groups have been set up all along the Irish coast with the support of BIM and the Marine Institute.
Rope mussels and Atlantic Salmon have been grown in Killary Harbour since the 1970’s. Maintaining a tidy and clean foreshore is a priority for all aquaculture producers along the coast and their commitment and respect for their pristine working environment was apparent following the extensive clean up in the area.
King’s pier in Killare Harbour before and after the clean up.