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Grieg NL draws crowd for public information session in Marystown

Over 200 people attended an information session hosted by Grieg NL at St. Gabriel’s Hall in Marystown on Tuesday.
Over 200 people attended an information session hosted by Grieg NL at St. Gabriel’s Hall in Marystown on Tuesday. - Colin Farrell

Meeting required as part of company’s environmental impact statement

MARYSTOWN, NL – Employment, pack ice management and what to do should salmon escape from sea cages were just some of the topics Grieg NL representatives addressed during a public information session on the company’s proposed Placentia Bay Atlantic salmon aquaculture project

More than 200 people attended the event at St. Gabriel’s Hall in Marystown on Tuesday, March 13. Satellite viewing locations were also set up in St. John’s, Gander and Corner Brook, with participants at these locations asking questions via video link.

Grieg NL organized the session to fulfil a requirement to hold public information sessions as outlined in its environmental impact statement guidelines.

If approved, Grieg NL plans to build a large hatchery in Marystown where immature salmon would be grown until they reach appropriate size to be moved into a chain of sea cages in Placentia Bay and grown to market weight.

Along with company officials, representatives from many of Grieg NL’s potential suppliers attended the session. These businesses would provide Grieg NL with infrastructure such as feeding platforms and sea cages.

A representative was also on hand from Stofnfiskur, an Icelandic company that would provide Grieg NL with fertilized, sterile Atlantic salmon eggs, also know a tripliods.

The information session can be viewed in its entirety on-line at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieHKkud1y8E.     

Colin.farrell@southerngazette.ca

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