Web Editor's Note: The Minister's Letter to ASF is below the press release, along with ASF's submission for the Appeal.
4 Oct. 2016
Appeal of Placentia Bay aquaculture project rejected
ASF reviewing minister's response with legal and science experts
St. Andrews – Newfoundland and Labrador Environment and Climate Change Minister Perry Trimper has rejected an appeal by the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) seeking an environmental impact statement for a 7-million fish per year salmon aquaculture project in Placentia Bay.
“Because of the significant and unique risks this development places on wild Atlantic salmon and the environment, ASF is reviewing the minister's response with experts in environmental assessment to determine the best course of action," said ASF President Bill Taylor.
ASF's appeal, using Section 107 of the Environmental Protection Act, argued that the government of Newfoundland and Labrador should heed the groundswell of public concern and order a full environmental impact statement for this project. The act says when a proposal generates public concern, or presents a risk to the environment, an impact study must be ordered.
“The Placentia Bay proposal would be the first instance of European strain salmon being raised in the Canadian marine environment. Although the fish would be sterilized by adding a third chromosome at the egg stage, this process is not 100 per cent effective, meaning foreign, fertile fish, could escape and breed with native Atlantic salmon”, said ASF’s Steve Sutton.
The company proposing the aquaculture project, Grieg NL Seafarms Ltd., plans to use untested net-pens and unproven methods of sea lice control. As well, the development would be located near a threatened population of wild Atlantic salmon.
"ASF's appeal for a full environmental impact review offered a reasonable course of action to the minister," said Sutton. "It would put all the necessary facts in front of the government and public ahead of a final decision."
The Atlantic Salmon Federation is an international conservation group founded in 1948. We are dedicated to ensuring the survival of wild Atlantic salmon throughout the North Atlantic.
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