Proposed Grieg Aquaculture Project Under Review

The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation announced today that Grieg NL Nurseries Ltd. and Grieg NL Seafarms Ltd. have registered the Placentia Bay Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture Project relative to Part 10 Environmental Assessment of the Environmental Protection Act.

The company is planning to construct and operate a land-based Recirculation Aquaculture System (RAS) Hatchery for Atlantic Salmon in the Marystown Marine Industrial Park and 11 marine-based farms in Placentia Bay.

Grieg previously submitted the Marystown Atlantic Salmon Hatchery (Reg. 1814) for review which is now withdrawn.

The land-based hatchery will produce up to seven million triploid smolt annually, which will be sold to salmonid aquaculture farms in the province and will be developed on approximately 10 hectares of serviced land. The 11 marine-based farms will be located in four Bay Management Areas (BMA): Rushoon BMA, Merasheen BMA, Red Island BMA and Long Harbour BMA.

Each marine-based farm will consist of multiple cages with cage collars at the surface and nets extending down to 43 meters. The Bay Management Areas will occupy 1,958 hectares of which 24 hectares will be occupied by the sea cages. The project is scheduled to commence in April 2016.

The undertaking was registered on February 19, 2016; the deadline for public comments is March 26, 2016; and the minister’s decision is due by April 5, 2016.

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