The proposal, by Bord Iascaigh Mhara ( BIM ), to site one of Europe’s largest salmon farms within the bay initiated a major gathering of individuals concerned about this and other Galway Bay environmental issues.   Galway Bay Protection Group ( GBPG ) was subsequently formed by a varied population  that value  Galway Bay and its environs.

The depth of concern was such that a formal body was convened. Considerable encouragement followed from local, national and international sources.

The aims and objectives of GBPG are formally stated, within its constitution, as follows :-

The main object for which the Galway Bay Protection Group ( GBPG ) is established is to protect Galway Bay and its coastal zone from actions and events that may prove environmentally harmful.

In furtherance exclusively of this object, GBPG has the following subsidiary objects: To engage in discourse with ( but not limiting ) governmental departments and scientific bodies so as to maintain the Galway Bay environment for the benefit of its surrounding communities and for future generations.

In accordance with the charitable aims and objectives of the GBPG, it is to be noted that no officer shall be paid by salary or fees, or receive any remuneration or other benefit in money or money’s worth from the GBPG.

By popular support, an application was made to the Office of Revenue Commissioners for Charitable Trust status.  This was duly granted and GBPG thus has the benefit of tax exemption number CHY 21087.