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Government Orders Full Environmental Assessment for Marystown Salmon Hatchery

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CANADA - The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation is now requesting a full environmental assessment for the proposed Grieg Marystown Atlantic Salmon Hatchery.

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The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) welcomed the government's announcement as it sent a letter to the Director of Environmental Assessment, stating that the environmental assessment should not be limited to the hatchery but must follow government regulation and be expanded to include the sea cage operations and the importation of salmon eggs from European strains not native to Newfoundland waters.

Dan Crummell, Minister of Environment and Conservation, stated that “the environmental assessment cannot proceed until a description of the entire project, including the salmon hatchery, the sea cage components and triploid fish is registered as a single undertaking, pursuant to Section 29 of the Environmental Assessment Regulations.”

Don Ivany, ASF’s Director of Programs for Newfoundland and Labrador, stated: “This is exactly what we were asking the province to do and we are pleased the government has listened to ASF and other concerned groups and is taking steps to adhere to its own legislation.”

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