Link­ing up

DFO as­sess­ment in­di­cates un­der­wa­ter cable poses no threat to fish or their habi­tat

The Southern Gazette - - Sports - BY COLIN FAR­RELL FOR­TUNE, N.L. Colin.far­rell@south­erngazette.ca

The in­stal­la­tion of a sub­merged fiber op­tic cable is one step closer to be­com­ing a real­ity.

An as­sess­ment by the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans (DFO) of a project by Al­ca­tel Sub­ma­rine Net­works, to run a sub­merged fiber op­tic cable from For­tune to the French Is­lands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, has con­cluded that no se­ri­ous harm to fish or fish habi­tat is ex­pected in the area of the cable in­stal­la­tion.

The cable will run from a sub-sta­tion lo­cated on Bayview Street in For­tune and fol­low the path of the ferry un­til it comes ashore in St. Pierre.

In an e-mail re­sponse to The South­ern Gazette from DFO rep­re­sen­ta­tive Stella Rud­dock, she iden­ti­fied the cri­te­ria un­der which the project was con­sid­ered.

DFO’s Fish­eries Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram as­sesses pro­jects to de­ter­mine whether any of the work, ac­tiv­i­ties, and/or un­der­tak­ings as­so­ci­ated with the project have the po­ten­tial to cause “se­ri­ous harm” for fish and/or fish habi­tat. Se­ri­ous harm is de­fined un­der the Fish­eries Act as the death of fish, a per­ma­nent al­ter­ation to fish habi­tat, and/ or the de­struc­tion of fish habi­tat.

“An as­sess­ment of the pro­posed project con­cluded that no se­ri­ous harm to fish or fish habi­tat is ex­pected in the area of the cable in­stal­la­tion,” ac­cord­ing to the e-mail. “The pro­po­nent will com­plete project work out­side of the sea­sonal fish­ery to avoid dis­rupt­ing fish­ing ac­tiv­ity.”

A time­line for run­ning the cable has not yet been con­firmed.

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