The history of the Placentia Bay Aquaculture Project
Grieg Seafood Newfoundland, previously known as Grieg NL, began in 2014 when potential locations and suppliers for the company were investigated and public consultations were held. The current Marystown Marine Industrial Park was identied as the perfect location for the land based portion of this new industry to begin due to the aquafer and proximity to suitable fresh water sources.
2016 held numerous key events for the company. These included registering for the Environmental Assessment Regulations, receiving the CFIA import permit to allow us to obtain the all female sterile triploid salmon eggs, and receiving the hatchery license. In August of that year, the project was released from the Environmental assessment, however due to Minister changes, this decision was appealed in November.
In November of 2017 to continue the process, Grieg voluntarily decided to enter into the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This process involved numerous consultations and environmental samplings to take place.
The current Marystown Marine Industrial Park was identied as the perfect location for the land based portion of this new industry to begin.
In September of 2018, Grieg was released from the EIS with conditions, and thus construction of the facilities commenced. August of 2019, the licenses of the first 3 marine sites in Placentia Bay were received, and in April 2020 Grieg NL became a part of Grieg Seafood.