Salmonid Council of NL Appalled by Marystown Fish Farms


Salmonid Council Appalled By Marystown Area Fish Farm
July 27, 2016 | 11:24 am

The Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador is appalled by government's decision to approve the new massive fish farm in the Marystown area, and is calling on the minister to resign.

Environment Minister Perry Trimper last week released Greig Seafarms from further environmental assessment, choosing instead to impose some conditions on the open pen farm.

The council says the aquaculture project will have a devastating effect on wild salmon, and calls it a reckless project.

The council says this is the first time that salmon of European origin will be used in a Canadian aquaculture project, and that Newfoundland and Labrador will be the guinea pig.

The council says Grieg proposed the project in several other countries but could not get approval. Newfoundland/Labrador is putting up $45-million.

The council says it has never been more alarmed by a ministerial decision, and has lost all confidence in the Environmental Assessment process.