Authorities approve Canada’s first lumpfish hatchery

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Marbase Cleanerfish ready to go.

Saltwire reports that Newfoundland Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture has approved an application from Marbase for an aquaculture license to build a lumpfish hatchery at a former shipyard in Marystown.

Paul Antle, one of the partners in Marbase, told the publication last week that the company was notified of the approval late Thursday afternoon.

The hatchery will produce around three million lumpfish annually for the region’s Atlantic salmon industry.

The Marbase project, now called Marbase Cleanerfish, is owned by St. John’s businessman Paul Antle. Amar Group CEO Bjorn Apeland is Antle’s business partner.

The businessman expects to spend CAD 7.5 million (EUR 5.1 million) on the site and to turn the old shipyard into a big aquaculture hub for the region.

The site will also offer many other services to the province’s aquaculture industry including salmon feed storage/production, barge construction/repair, cage construction/decommissioning/disposal, net washing/repair/recycling, diving services and more.

Marbase aims to start construction of the hatchery soon and to have lumpfish in tanks at the facility by the end of the year.