MHAs visit south coast aqua­cul­ture projects

Browne, Ha­ley tour oper­a­tions with cab­i­net com­mit­tee on jobs

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

A group of cab­i­net min­is­ters and MHAs were in the re­gion Sun­day, Sept. 24 for a se­ries of meet­ings and site vis­its to south coast aqua­cul­ture oper­a­tions.

Pla­cen­tia West- Bellevue MHA Mark Browne and Bur­inGrand Bank MHA Carol Anne Ha­ley were in the area with Fish­eries and Land Re­sources Min­is­ter Gerry Byrne, and Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion, Skills and Labour Min­is­ter Al Hawkins.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease, Ha­ley and Browne have both con­tributed to the ef­fort to bring Grieg NL’s aqua­cul­ture oper­a­tions to fruition, and both felt it was im­por­tant to see first­hand how this in­dus­try has suc­cess­fully evolved.

“The Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee on Jobs was formed to fo­cus on cre­at­ing new eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity and job cre­ation,” Browne said in the re­lease. “Aqua­cul­ture has proven suc­cess­ful in other parts of the prov­ince, and I re­main com­mit­ted to see­ing it suc­cess­ful in Pla­cen­tia Bay as well.”

Ha­ley said the Grieg aqua­cul­ture project will not only bring new in­dus­try to the re­gion, “but pro­vide much-needed em­ploy­ment to res­i­dents of the Burin Penin­sula and be­yond.”

“The site vis­its clearly in­di­cated the tremen­dous po­ten­tial of this in­dus­try in our prov­ince, and I too re­main com­mit­ted to see­ing Grieg Sea­farms take its home in Pla­cen­tia Bay and St. Lawrence.”

While on the south coast, the com­mit­tee met with the Cen­tre for Aqua­cul­ture Health and De­vel­op­ment and the Swanger Cove Hatch­ery, and par­tic­i­pated in site vis­its with Cooke Aqua­cul­ture and North­ern Har­vest Sea Farms NL.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

MHAs Mark Browne and Carol Anne Ha­ley re­cently vis­ited aqua­cul­ture projects on the prov­ince’s south coast.

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