NL Government Announcement of Full Environmental Assessment on Proposed Placentia Bay Aquaculture Encouraging For Wild Salmon
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November 20, 2015
St Andrews, N.B— The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) welcomes today’s announcement by the Department of Environment and Conservation in Newfoundland and Labrador that a newly proposed aquaculture project for Marystown and Placentia Bay must undergo a full environmental assessment.
ASF called for this on November 9 in a letter to the Director of Environmental Assessment, stating that the environmental assessment should not be limited to the hatchery but must follow government regulation and be expanded to include the sea cage operations and the importation of salmon eggs from European strains not native to Newfoundland waters.. ASF has significant concerns about the potential impacts of the proposed sea cage operations on wild Atlantic salmon populations, such as sea lice infestation, disease, and escapes that lead to interbreeding and dilution of the wild gene pool.
Today in an Environmental Assessment Bulletin issued by the province’s Department of Environment and Conservation, The Honourable Dan Crummell, Minister of Environment and Conservation, stated that “the environmental assessment cannot proceed until a description of the entire project, including the salmon hatchery, the sea cage components and triploid fish is registered as a single undertaking, pursuant to Section 29 of the Environmental Assessment Regulations.”
“This is exactly what we were asking the province to do and we are pleased the government has listened to ASF and other concerned groups and is taking steps to adhere to its own legislation,” said Don Ivany, ASF’s Director of Programs for Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Environmental Assessment Bulletin on the province’s web site also states that “the proponent may submit supplementary information to be combined with the current submissions or withdraw the current proposal and re-submit a new document which describes the full scope of the project. Regardless of which approach is taken, another 45 day screening review period which will include a 35 day public review period will be required.”
The Atlantic Salmon Federation is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of wild Atlantic salmon and the ecosystems on which their well-being and survival depend. ASF has a network of seven regional councils (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Maine and Western New England). The regional councils cover the freshwater range of the Atlantic salmon in Canada and the United States.
Director of Programs, Newfoundland and Labrador
Holly Johnson, Manager of Public Information: (506)529-1033(o)
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