BioAtlantis welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court to have the High Court look at certain aspects of the judicial review into the licence validly granted to BioAtlantis to harvest seaweed from Bantry Bay.
BioAtlantis is facilitating the world’s transition into a new era of sustainable agriculture by reducing its dependence on antibiotics and by providing a solution to mitigate against cold, drought, heat and flooding in crops without the use of synthetic compounds for ~10 days. In particular, BioAtlantis holds a patent on the use of bioactives in seaweed to reduce the use of antibiotics and zinc oxide in pig production.
BioAtlantis is licensed to harvest kelp 25 centimetres above the seabed in Bantry Bay. The intention is to harvest at a higher level of 50 centimetres to remove older kelp and allow sunlight on to the younger plants, a key barrier to growth. As kelp becomes older (>4 years) it becomes top heavy and is extremely susceptible to storm damage. This can be seen on beaches in the winter and spring where huge amounts of kelp are washed ashore, where they degrade, emitting gasses such as ammonia and hydrogen sulphide. There are published papers which show this increases the levels of E. coli in the water. While this may be considered a natural phenomenon, we believe we can work with nature to harvest the older kelp instead of having it washed ashore to cause pollution.
Ireland was hit by Storm Darwin in February 2014 with a devastating impact on kelp forests. However, they had fully regrown by June 2017, a 3.5 year period. Landings of all species of shellfish were unaffected in the years from 2015 to 2018. Therefore, claims that kelp harvesting will affect crustaceans, fish, sharks, seals and whales are without any logic or fact. BioAtlantis takes its environmental responsibilities seriously. “We could have applied for the dredge system used to harvest seaweed in France, Iceland and Norway since the 1970s without any significant impact. Instead, we designed a proprietary system to minimise the impact on crustaceans,” BioAtlantis CEO, John T. O’Sullivan said.
“We have worked to minimise the impact of climate change and have brought SuperFifty® Prime extracted from a different seaweed to the market. This product reduces the stress caused by cold, drought and heat for 10 days and minimises the potential crop losses,” he added.
BioAtlantis has proven the concept of maternal immunity transfer whereby bioactives extracted from seaweed can be fed to the sow prior to birth and during suckling so that the quality of the colostrum is improved with transferrable benefits to the progeny, reducing the incidence of diarrhoea in piglets and reducing the need for antibiotics or for zinc oxide which will be banned next year (2022) in the EU because of environmental concerns.
“We are happy that our validated licence is intact and look forward to the deliberations of the High Court on the matter,”
CEO, John T. O’Sullivan said.