Protect Bantry Bays Kelp Forest

We urgently need your help to stop the destruction of Bantry Bay's ecosystem.

The Irish Government has granted a biotech company, BioAtlantis, a licence to mechanically extract the native kelp forests of Bantry Bay and it has done so by exploiting a flawed process. The public is being told that "nothing lives in the kelp". 

In truth, the kelp forest is the "cradle of life itself". 

● Kelp forests are the backbone of Bantry' Bay's Ecosystem
● Kelp is CRITICAL to cutting CO2 emissions 
● No Environmental Impact Statement Given
● The Experimental Licence Seen As a Blueprint to Other Companies
● Community Not Consulted Beforehand
● Wildlife Deaths Will Harm Tourism & Local Fishermen

At a time when we desperately need to cut CO2 emissions, the Government of Ireland has given a biotech company a licence to mechanically extract the native kelp forests from the gentle shores of Bantry Bay. Kelp forests absorb high amounts of CO2 and scientists consider them integral to reducing overall emissions. 

Kelp forests are also the backbone of the Bantry Bay's ecosystem - home to whales, dolphins, seals, fish, lobsters, their food sources, and more. Destroying the kelp forests would be a grave mistake - and one that we can stop before it's too late. 


Thousands have signed a petition. It has been ignored. Hundreds of local residents have staged protests. 
On the streets, on the shoreline and even on the doorstep on Government itself. 
Ordinary people have called on politicians and held them to account. 
Protests have been brushed aside. Media has gone quite. 

Local Politicians [even the genuinely helpful ones] wring their hands and plead that they have tried their best. 
The Minister acts shamefully dumb and the Taoiseach himself casts his eyes down at the note he has just been handed and says he is powerless. 

Who is in charge here you might ask? Well it should be us! 

The option open to us now is through the courts. The Government will use Public Monies to oppose us.  We have already initiated a Judicial Review of the process by which the licence was issued. 

So far legal fees exceed €20,000. We expect them to be lot more. 

Bantry Bay is to be an experiment. BioTech companies and investors are watching to see if they too can get these licences. We will see destruction on an unprecedented scale.

We are setting our fundraising target at €40,000.

We have to stop this madness, this foolish race to reduce everything down to profit. 
We totally understand how profitable Kelp can be to a few individuals. 
But more importantly, we understand its value to the life of Bantry Bay and our sustainable future. 

Thank you for donating to our campaign and helping us protect our future. 

If you wish to find out more visit our official website 
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Organizer and beneficiary

John O'Connor 
Tomas O Sullivan 
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