Norwegian CEO to meet N.L. minister over disclosure of farmed salmon deaths

Pink residue is disposed into Fortune Bay in southern Newfoundland on Oct. 2 as part of a cleanup following salmon deaths at a fish farm last month. The company said Friday that it estimates 2.6 million salmon, just under half the fish in its pens, have died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Atlantic Salmon Federation MANDATORY CREDIT.

The head of a Norwegian aquaculture company is flying to Newfoundland and Labrador this week for a meeting with the province’s fisheries minister regarding a mass die-off of farmed salmon earlier this year.

Fisheries Minister Gerry Byrne says Alf-Helge Aarskog, CEO of seafood company Mowi, is expected in the province Thursday afternoon to discuss disclosure about the mortalities.

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Byrne requested the meeting with Aarskog following the deaths of 2.6 million salmon in southern Newfoundland sea cages operated by Mowi-owned Northern Harvest Sea Farms.

The minister says a focus of the meeting will be on Northern Harvest’s failure to proactively share information about the mortality events, which led to the suspension of licences at 10 sites.

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Byrne says he intends to send a message that the province expects its resources to be managed effectively and responsibly.

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The minister says details about the fish deaths are still being investigated, including testing for infectious disease.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 4, 2019.