Assessments over Salmon
by AJany on November 22, 2015 - 5:03pm
In Marystown Newfoundland a Salmon aquaculture project is being subject to reassessment on its environmental project submission. Greig Nurseries N.L Ltd, the company proposing the project failed to include a component of their project in the submission for environmental assessment (sea cage component). The department of Environment and conservation stated “an environmental assessment cannot continue unless a description of the entire project is registered when engaged in farm raising fish or shellfish”. This oversight has put pressure on the project to be resubmitted for a full environmental assessment. However the option to simply add to the current proposal is also a possibility, both will require a period of pubic review before a final decision can be made.
The use of an environmental assessment in this case of aquaculture must really be careful to assure the public of proper environmental consideration. The use of an environmental assessment as a management tool is apparent and touches on the component of public consultation as a possible conflict in this project completion. There is a lack in conflict consideration evident in the chosen approach of the company. By skipping such a crucial step they failed to enter into proper assessment procedure because they either wanted to go quickly through the process or simply didn’t care to look twice. This results in a careless attempt to produce decisions that the public trusts, and will therefore be more eager to support. This could move to have people hold different understandings of the situation, labeling such a conclusion as a cognitive conflict. The possibility for conflict in this situation seems to be growing, pairing distrust with uncertainty between private and public sectors could amp up the stress in the project. The management of an aquaculture farm will require much environmental assessment to understand its possible impacts on the surrounding ecosystem it will be part of. Although contained, the Salmon will still be sharing their waters with other organisms. Organisms that can be affected by the aquaculture industry even as stated on the Canadian aquaculture site “aquaculture posed the lightest environmental affect”, this is not a specific statement. The completion of a proper environmental assessment is crucial to ease the minds of all those involved privately and publicly, but also crucial to the state of the environment. By catching this missing component hopefully a more thorough assessment will be enacted.
The case of the Marystown aquaculture project proposal brings to light the kind of proper procedure that is necessary to have accurate monitoring of our natural resources and the kinds of stressors that present themselves in these situations. Through careful inspection of these kinds of projects positive impacts can be increased economically, environmentally and socially on the local and national level.