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The site of Grieg NL's hatchery and smolt nursery at Marystown, where the company is now
The site of Grieg NL's hatchery and smolt nursery at Marystown, where the company is now

Grieg NL is holding public information sessions in towns on the shores of Placentia Bay in Newfoundland today and tomorrow following its application for a licence to farm Atlantic salmon in the bay.

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The application is being made under the provisions of Newfoundland and Labrador province’s Aquaculture Act, which was enacted in September.

Grieg NL said the sessions would provide opportunities for consultation and sharing of information on the planned operations, including employment.

Those seeking work will be able to give the company their CVs.

Jobs assurances

Local employment is a sensitive issue for Grieg NL, which saw construction work on its hatchery and smolt plant at Marystown stopped briefly in June by protesters who wanted assurances that local people would get what they regarded as a fair share of the jobs generated by the project.

They ended their four-day protest at the site in Marystown’s marine industrial park after finally getting a meeting with the company.

Grieg NL plans to grow 30,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon a year at 11 sites in Placentia Bay, using Midgard cages supplied by ScaleAQ, which Grieg NL human resources and communications manager Perry Power said were the most advanced in the world. The technology for its hatchery and smolt facility is being provided by Israeli recirculating aquaculture (RAS) specialist AquaMaof.

More than 200 on site

Last month Power told Burin Peninsula community newspaper The Southern Gazette that Grieg NL was “in full construction mode” in Marystown.

“We’ve got our own company self-delivering the formwork called Grieg NL Development. We have 93 employees thus far. We have over 200 people now working on the site and we’re looking forward to opening the first building and having that commissioned in March 2020,” Power told the Gazette.

Today’s information sessions are at:

  • St Lawrence Recreation Centre, 9am-10.30am (Newfoundland Standard Time);
  • St Gabriel’s Hall, Marystown, 11.30am-1pm;
  • Baine Harbour Community Centre, 2.30pm-4pm.

Tomorrow’s are at:

  • Petit Forte Community Centre, 9am-10.30am;
  • Arnold’s Cove Community Centre, 1pm-2.30pm.
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