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Marine Institute report on fish farming disputed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A study by researchers at the Marine Institute in Oranmore, which states that pollution rather than fish farming is affecting wild salmon stocks, is being disputed by Inland Fisheries Ireland.

The research paper says there’s no evidence of any negative impact of aquaculture on wild salmon stocks here.

It reports that river catchments with salmon cages close to estuaries are performing best in terms of salmon conservation limits.

Plans are in the pipeline for a deep sea fish farm off the coast on Inis Oírr in Galway Bay.

Dr. Paddy Gargan from Inland Fisheries Ireland says the information and methodolgy used by the Oranmore researchers is not conclusive.

Speaking on ‘Galway Talks’, Dr. Gargan says the research paper from the Marine Institute doesn’t reveal if fish farms have an impact on salmon stock.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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