Canada’s first cleaner fish hatchery released from further environmental assessment

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Marbase Cleanerfish clears regulatory hurdle.

A proposed Marbase lumpfish hatchery at the old Marystown Shipyard, in Newfoundland, has been released from further environmental assessment, according to the Canadian Government.

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

“The proponent is required to uphold all commitments made in the environmental assessment submission to mitigate the effects of the project on the environment,” wrote the government in an environmental assessment bulletin.

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.