New­found­land Supreme Court or­ders assess­ment for aqua­cul­ture project

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. - The Supreme Court of New­found­land and Labrador has or­dered a ma­jor aqua­cul­ture pro­jected pro­posed for Pla­cen­tia Bay to un­dergo an en­vi­ron­men­tal assess­ment af­ter the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment ear­lier gave it the go ahead with­out one.

The At­lantic Salmon Fed­er­a­tion had chal­lenged the gov­ern­ment’s 2016 de­ci­sion, cit­ing con­cerns about the pos­si­ble im­pact on wild salmon stocks.

Judge Gillian But­ler said in her de­ci­sion that Perry Trimper, who was the en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter at the time, lacked the ju­ris­dic­tion to re­lease the project with­out en­vi­ron­men­tal assess­ment. The pro­posed project by Grieg NL Nurseries and Grieg NL Sea­farms would be the largest salmon aqua­cul­ture project in Canada.

The fed­er­a­tion says a study by Fish­eries and Oceans shows that many rivers on New­found­land’s south coast al­ready have hy­brid salmon as a re­sult of es­caped farm salmon breed­ing with wild pop­u­la­tions.

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