One of Canada’s largest salmon farms gets the green light

Grieg NL’s USD250 million Placentia Bay project is happening.

The Newfoundland and Labrador department said it informed Grieg NL Nurseries Ltd. and Grieg NL Seafarms Ltd. that the Environmental Impact Statement was deemed acceptable and that the project may proceed subject to the conditions and all other legislative requirements such as the necessary permits, licences, and approvals as reported thetelegram.

Additionally, the proponent was provided with the regulatory and mitigative advice collected from the reviewing federal and provincial government agencies throughout the scientific and technical assessment of the project. Canada’s first open net-pen salmon aquaculture has been criticised by environmentalists.

Illustration of an Aqualine fish farm

Grieg NL was advised on Nov. 8, 2017 that an EIS would be required for the project, which includes a salmon hatchery in Marystown and 11 sea cages in Placentia Bay. Each cages will hold 160,000 salmon and provide a harvest of nearly 7,040 tonnes every year, with a view to produce 33,000.

Perry Power, human resource manager with Grieg NL, told the Southern Gazette that work will begin within the next number of weeks to prepare the site for the construction of a USD42 million Aqua Maof RAS facility that’ll produce 1.8 million land-based smolt and juvenile production of up to 1.5 kilogram. Offshore there will be 11 Aqualine sea sites.

“Clearly, we’re extremely happy,” he said. “It’s been a long road, a very involved process with the government, but we’re very pleased with the results. We’re excited, and we’re excited for the whole area.”


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