Wild salmon advocates don't agree with the province's decision to release Grieg NL Seafarm, a proposed multimillion-dollar aquaculture project, from further environmental assessment. In fact, they want to see that ruling reversed.
The Atlantic Salmon Federation has submitted an appeal under the Environmental Protection Act which will require a response from the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Perry Trimper, within 30 days.
"We believe that there will be significant impacts from that farm on wild salmon in Placentia Bay," says Steve Sutton, Coordinator of Community Engagement with the Atlantic Salmon Federation.
"These are wild salmon populations that have been assessed as being threatened by the federal government. So there are concerns about those populations and how they will be affected by the aquaculture project."