Newfoundland group critical of Grieg sea lice removal plan
July 2, 2018
The plan by Grieg Seafood to build a massive 11-farm Atlantic salmon aquaculture operation in Placentia Bay, off the southern coast of the Canadian province Newfoundland & Labrador, is loaded with problems and more time is needed to review the 600 pages contained in the government’s environmental impact statement (EIS) in order to respond fully, says the Newfoundland and Labrador Coalition for Aquaculture Reform (NL-CAR).
The deadline for comments is July 11.
“Our worst fears about this environmental assessment have come true,” said Leo White, NL-CAR’s spokesperson, in a news release, as reported by The Aurora, a Labrador-based newspaper. “We knew after Grieg’s public meeting in March, that the company had no intention to do the work that was required of them.”
The comments from NL-CAR follow a week after the project was slammed by the Atlantic Salmon Federation, a wild salmon conservation group, and include a long list of concerns. In particular, NL-CAR said Norway-based Grieg’s plan for dealing with sea lice is not feasible, as 17 of the proposed cages are within 20 kilometers of known salmon rivers, while Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans recommends at least 20 to 30 kilometers.
“The proponent plans to use cleaner fish (lumpfish) to attempt to control sea lice in the cages, but provides no evidence that this will prevent sea lice from spreading to wild salmon.”
Also, Grieg “made no effort to collect baseline data on threatened wild Atlantic salmon in Placentia Bay despite lack of data on wild salmon being a key reason why the EIS was ordered”, NL-CAR said in its response to the EIS.