St. Lawrence disappointed by aquaculture delay
They were hoping for 200 jobs from Greig project
St. Lawrence, NL— A recent decision by the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court ordering a full environmental impact statement (EIS) for Grieg NL’s proposed aquaculture in Marystown and Placentia Bay, is having an affect on the Town of St. Lawrence.
Mayor Paul Pike told The Southern Gazette, “I’m really disappointed, and council is disappointed in the recent court decision for a full environmental review of this project.
“From our perspective, the St. Lawrence fish plant was going to be used as processing facility and we were very hopeful that this project would be muchneeded employment to the community and to the region.”
He added the processing of fish from the project would have provided up to 200 fulltime year-round positions at the facility.
Pike says that in addition to processing, the plant would have been making oil from the byproduct.
Pike said news of the delay is very disappointing especially since projected numbers show a decline in the population in the region within the next 10 years.
“We felt this was an opportunity to keep people at home and provide much need employment. It is a big blow to this region – our town certainly supports the province appealing this decision.”
Pike added local citizens who relied on the fish plant for their livelihood, the work from the Greig aquaculture project would have been important to them.
“Everybody was really hopeful this project was going to be a reality, and that we would see employment at the plant guaranteed for the next number of years,” said Pike.
“Right now with the declining fish stocks…especially in the crab fishery it is getting tougher for these people to get enough employment to be able collect EI over the winter.
“And most people would prefer full-time year-round employment than seasonal.”
St. Lawrence mayor Pike Pike says his town was looking forward to the employment opportunities from the Greig aquaculture project in Marystown.