The provincial Department of Environment and Conservation is weighing a proposal for a new salmon hatchery, to be based in Hopeall, Trinity Bay.
Newhope Fish Farm Inc. is seeking environmental approval, allowing it to move ahead with construction work as of this fall.
Operations are to start this time next year if the business receives all required approvals.
The new fish farm hatchery is to be located at the former hatchery site in Hopeall, according to a notice issued today by the provincial government.
The deadline for public comments on the project is Aug. 3.
A decision is expected from the minister, on whether or not to approve the work, by August 10, 2012.
According to the project summary, “the land-based facility is being designed to produce 2.5 million fingerlings/smolt per year.
“The hatchery complex will consist of the following: two primary buildings including a small incubation building with office and workshop (approximately 200 square metres); ongrowing building where the fingerlings will be grown to commercial size of 60 to 80 grams (approximately 874 square metres); storage shed; and parking and turnaround areas.”
Comments can be submitted to the Department of Environment and Conservation.
Further information on the environmental assessment process is available from the Director of Environmental Assessment at 709-729-4211 or toll-free at 1-800-563-6181.