FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
22 June 2018
Grieg NL’s Placentia Bay study fails to meet review guidelines
Company provides deficient EIS to reviewers and public
ST. JOHN’S – The Atlantic Salmon Federation has completed a review of the 2,500 page environmental impact statement (EIS) submitted by Grieg Seafood for its Placentia Bay salmon aquaculture project and strongly recommends that reviewers declare the document deficient on the grounds that it fails to meet the basic terms of the EIS guidelines.
“Grieg hasn’t conducted the basic research that was required,” said ASF President Bill Taylor. “The company has relied on secondary information which has already been declared insufficient by government staff and the provincial Supreme Court.”
In formal comments submitted to the committee reviewing the Grieg project, ASF argues that in addition to a lack of study, the EIS contains unjustified and unreasonable conclusions. Grieg was allotted three years to complete the review and used two months and 10 days.
Some specific deficiencies noted in ASF’s full comments include:
- Zero field work was conducted by Grieg to determine migratory routes, genetic structure, and abundance of wild salmon in Placentia Bay, despite this being a clear requirement of the EIS guidelines.
- Grieg concludes that there is no risk of interbreeding between wild salmon and farmed escapes, claiming fish will be 100 per cent sterile. However, the company does not provide verifiable evidence of this claim.
- Grieg was required to describe how they would monitor and communicate project impacts, but did not include this information in their submission.
- The EIS guidelines asked the company to evaluate land based, closed-containment alternatives to the current project design, but this requirement was largely dismissed.
“Grieg’s submission is missing the information needed for reviewers to evaluate the project,” said Steve Sutton, ASF’s Director of Community Engagement. “In each case there are reasonable ways that fit well within the EIS timeframe to gather the information.”
ASF recommends that the provincial review panel, which includes members from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, return the EIS to the company for further work. This environmental assessment was ordered as a result of significant public concern over the serious risk of lasting environmental damage. Grieg’s submission does not satisfy outstanding questions about the Placentia Bay project.
For more information contact:
Neville Crabbe – ASF Communications
(506) 529 1033
The Atlantic Salmon Federation was founded in 1948 to conserve, protect, and restore wild Atlantic salmon populations and the environment they depend on. Learn more at www.asf.ca