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FFAW Calls for Meeting with Premier and MOWI in Light of Uncertainty in Connaigre Region

October 11, 2019

The provincial government announced this afternoon that Northern Harvest Sea Farms licenses will be suspended following disclosure of more widespread salmon mortalities at the company’s facilities on the province’s south coast.

“Our Union has long raised concerns over the possible environmental impacts of major mortalities at aquaculture facilities in Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s crucial that the site get cleaned up as quickly as possible, that government agencies assess any lasting environmental impacts, and that workers are informed of next steps,” says FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan.

The mass salmon mortalities have created significant uncertainty for the people of the Connaigre region. FFAW-Unifor has requested meetings with the Premier and MOWI to discuss concerns on behalf of all affected members.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the Premier to reset a critically flawed salmon aquaculture policy, which, up to now, provides too few environmental protections and too much precarious work. We are willing to work with the Premier to make this happen,” says Sullivan.

“If aquaculture companies are to be granted the privilege of operating in this province, they must be held to high regulatory standards and rigorous, environmental assessment. Ensuring these steps are taken will protect the marine ecosystem and all those who rely on it for their livelihoods,” concludes Sullivan.