World needs aqua­cul­ture: Sy­nard

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Em­brac­ing aqua­cul­ture

Marystown Mayor Sam Sy­nard said peo­ple should not fear aqua­cul­ture.

“We should em­brace aqua­cul­ture,” he said. “Aqua­cul­ture has been around for thou­sands of years, and large-scale aqua­cul­ture has been around for (the past) 25-30 years — in Nor­way last year they pro­duced one mil­lion met­ric tons of salmon.”

He said the Pla­cen­tia Bay pro­ject is look­ing to pro­duce 30,000 met­ric tons, re­sult­ing in 800 jobs for the Burin Penin­sula. Sy­nard added that if the num­bers pro­duced were to in­crease to that in Nor­way, “we could have thou­sands of jobs here.”

Sy­nard said there is no clos­ing the door on aqua­cul­ture.

“Let’s make it the best process pos­si­ble,” he said, “the safest, the best ad­vanced and go with it…the world needs aqua­cul­ture.” Thomas Grieg, owner of Grieg NL, wel­comed the fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from both the provin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

COLIN FAR­RELL — THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

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