Mowi wants to expand capacity at its Indian Head hatchery by 50%.

Mowi invites public to hear about hatchery expansion plan

Meeting is part of expanded assessment for Atlantic Canada project

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Mowi subsidiary Northern Harvest Smolt Inc will hold a public information session later this month to inform the public about its delayed plans to expand its Indian Head hatchery in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, Atlantic Canada.

The session will describe all aspects of the proposed project, describe the activities associated with it, and provide an opportunity for interested parties to request information or state their concerns.

The session is part of a wider environmental assessment of the project that resulted from a decision by NL’s Supreme Court following action brought by Canadian environmental law charity Ecojustice.

Extra 2.2m smolts

The expansion by Mowi, the world’s biggest salmon farmer, would produce an extra 2.2 million smolts annually, a 50% increase in capacity. It was approved by NL’s minister of municipal affairs and environment Andrew Parsons in September 2018.

Ecojustice objected that the environmental assessment for the expansion was scoped to exclude the open net pens to which the extra smolts would be transferred. In February 2020, the court ruled that aquaculture projects in NL can’t proceed without a robust and comprehensive environmental assessment.

Mowi’s information session is being organised by Aaron Bennett (, development and environmental compliance director at Mowi Canada East. The session will take place in the Days Inn by Wyndham Hotel, 44 Queen Street, Stephenville, at 6.30pm on April 20.