Dáil Éireann - Volume 592 - 17 November, 2004

Written Answers. - Fishing Industry Development.

  241. Mr. Perry asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his plans for a public health campaign promoting the benefits of eating fish and of a healthy lifestyle in view of a study by Norwegian scientists which has shown that eating farmed salmon brings immeasurable benefits to persons who have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29163/04]

  Mr. Gallagher: Specific responsibility for health promotion rests with the Department of Health and Children, specifically the health promotion unit of that Department.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara is the State body with responsibility for fish marketing and promotion of seafood generally. BIM currently promotes the health benefits of fish consumption as part of its ongoing consumer education programme. In order to further the consumption of seafood in Ireland, BIM is undertaking a promotional programme focusing primarily on the health benefits of fish consumption, which will be officially launched by the Minister of State in January 2005.