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EDITORIAL: Hatchery plan in the crosshairs

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A stitch in time saves nine.

That’s the way the saying goes.

And when it comes to the recent die-off of aquaculture salmon in this province — with some 2.6 million fish deaths — it might not be a bad time to go over some of the past needlework.

Environmental groups are preparing to go to court over a provincial government decision to approve a fish hatchery expansion, saying the original environmental review of Northern Harvest Smolt’s hatchery proposal wasn’t thorough enough.

As environmental assessments go, the turnaround time was remarkably quick. The $51-million project, which was to increase smolt output at the hatchery by almost 50 per cent, from 4.5 million smolt a year to 6.7 million fish, was registered on July 17, 2018, and approved by the minister on Sept. 4.


© The Journal Pioneer