Newfoundland

Environmental Impact Study

An Environmental Impact Study, assessing the potential impact from salmon farming on the environment, has been completed in Placentia Bay. The study was approved in 2018.

Grieg Seafood Newfoundland entered an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) review in November 2017. EIS includes a comprehensive environmental review of a project including a detailed description of the project, consideration of alternatives, original research on the existing environment, identification and evaluation of potentially significant environmental effects, an evaluation of proposed mitigation measures to minimize harmful effects and describes monitoring programs. The EIS was approved by the Provincial Minister of Environment and on September 6th, 2018 the Project was released from additional environmental assessment with conditions.

EIS includes identification and evaluation of potentially significant environmental effects, an evaluation of proposed mitigation measures to minimize harmful effects and describes monitoring programs.

As a follow up to the EIS, 12 additional Environmental Plans were prepared which have since been approved by the regulatory authorities including;

Environmental Effects Monitoring Plans:

  • Performance of Sea Cages
  • Genetic and Ecological interactions of escaped farmed salmon on wild salmon
  • Genetic and Ecological interactions of escaped farmed lumpfish on wild lumpfish
  • Performance of European-Strain Triploid fish
  • Fish, Marine mammal, and seabirds
  • Benthic habitat health
  • Groundwater quantity and quality at the hatchery
  • Climate and weather

Environmental Protection Plans:

  • Hatchery Construction
  • Hatchery Operations
  • Marine Construction
  • Marine Operations

All documents related to the Environmental assessment of the Placentia Bay Aquaculture Project are available on the Government of Newfoundland’s website here.