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Construction ongoing for 10 offshore cages for Mowi’s Atlantic Canada ops

Mar 21, 2019
Contractors with Canada's Placentia Bay Ocean Enterprises and Norway's Aqualine are busy in the Canadian province of Newfound and Labrador, building sea cages for Mowi's Atlantic Canada salmon farming operations.

According to a report from NTV, the two firms are constructing 10 cages in the Newfoundland city of Lawn.

Paul Lannon, Placentia Bay Ocean Enterprises' general manager, said the cages will be deployed in Newfoundland's Fortune Bay.

"We expect to have these cages wrapped up by the end of April, around there, and ready for towing," he said.

Mowi, formerly Marine Harvest, said in 2018 that it was staffing out its newly formed operations in eastern Canada and planned its first harvest by 2020. Smolt stocking is expected to begin in 2019 using assets acquired from the Gray Aqua Group, which Marine Harvest paid €12.1 million for.

The assets include one hatchery and two farming licenses in New Brunswick, seven farming licenses in Newfoundland and one processing plant in Newfoundland. The company said that its operation, renamed Marine Harvest Atlantic Canada and headed by veteran manager Jamie Gaskill, is preparing a production plan and investment framework.

Marine Harvest previously said it plans to build an organization capable of producing 15,000-20,000 metric tons, gutted weight equivalent of salmon per annum at the operation.


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