Canada Pink liquid flows in Fortune Bay as cleanup of massive salmon die-off continues
Harbour Breton fish plant workers concerned for the future after Northern Harvest fish die-off
Longtime workers at the Barry Group fish plant in Harbour Breton are wondering how they will make ends meet after the death of a large number of fish at a farm in Fortune Bay.The Harbour Breton plant processes salmon from Northern Harvest Sea Farms, owned by Norwegian company Mowi. But the death of potentially millions of fish has plant workers without work.
A cleanup operation is underway in Fortune Bay, where Northern Harvest Sea Farms is emptying out its salmon pens following a massive fish die-off.
The company, owned by aquaculture giant Mowi, has been cleaning out its salmon farming equipment since September. CBC News chartered an independent vessel to got a close-up look at the operation on Wednesday.
The company is using divers and has hired large purse seiner vessels from Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick to clean out their pens.
Proposed $500M salmon farm operation for N.S. pushed back 6 months
Cermaq Canada says it needs more time to consult local groups about the location of 20 farm sites, capable of producing 20 million kilograms of farmed Atlantic salmon per year.Cermaq Canada says it needs more time to consult locals on its $500-million proposal to develop 20 open-pen Atlantic salmon farms sites, two hatcheries and a processing plant.
On Wednesday morning, gallons of pink liquid flowed from the side of two large vessels at one cleanup site in Fortune Bay.
On a smaller barge, three men used handheld nets to pick up matter floating on the ocean's surface.
White matter, which appears to be the remnants of dead fish, has flooded the ocean surface near the pens, spreading for dozens of metres from the boats. That same substance has also accumulated in nearby coves.
"It's hard to sleep nighttime now, just to know what I've seen the last couple of days, what is going to the sea," said Gary Snook, who was chartered by CBC News for the trip.
Jessica Simpson and 25 More Celebs Who Got Richer From Their Second Jobs
See which stars made very lucrative career switches.
"And anything that's coming behind it, do it live? Does this fat that's on the water, do it dissolve? There's questions out there, we would really like to know."
CBC News requested a tour, and an explanation of the process from Mowi, but the company declined that request. Spokesperson Jason Card said all resources were being used to prioritize the cleanup of the sites.
Northern Harvest Sea Farms operates in several different sites along the south coast of Newfoundland, up to 30 kilometres apart.
The company says warm water caused low oxygen levels in the water, which killed the fish.
"The fish mortalities pose no harm to humans, the environment, nor other fish or shellfish species," the company said in a statement in late September.
Warm water, not sea lice, caused massive salmon die-off, says chief vet
Northern Harvest Sea Farms is busy cleaning pens of dead salmon, and the province's head aquaculture vet says higher-than-average water temperatures are to blame.Some fish plant workers and the province's fish harvesters' union both raised the possibility that sea lice had caused thousands of salmon at a Northern Harvest Sea Farms facility to die early last month, but veterinarian Daryl Whelan rejected that possibility.
Two local lobster fishermen, including the owner of the boat chartered by CBC News, said they want more information about the cleanup.
"I fish herring, I fish lobster and I fish scallop. Do this settle down and pollute the bottom?" asked Snook. "We don't know, nobody is telling us nothing. And it's like you're out in the woods, you're lost.
"Is it going to affect us, should we start bailing out? Because it's times, people wants to buy the licence but it's not gonna be worth nothing."
"We don't know, it probably might even have nothing to do with the lobsters, or any other fishery," added Phillip Poole. "I think we should know, we got the right to know. We've got money invested in that. My boat there now, plus all my gear and everything, is probably about half a million dollars."
Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
What’s the difference between a ‘Winter Storm’ and a ‘Blizzard’? .
Winter storms and blizzards sound very similar but there's one key difference -- visibility. Blizzard warnings are issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada when visibility is 400 metres or less due to falling or blowing snow for at least four hours. There is no minimum expected snowfall requirement for a blizzard, meaning these warnings can be issued when no new snow is falling. There are times when snowfall from the day before will blow around furiously in strong winds and if it is reducing visibility to less than 400 metres, a blizzard warning is warranted.
Spinosaurus fishes for prey | Planet Dinosaur | BBC
Check out BBC Earth on BBC online - http://www.bbc.com/earth/world John Hurts tells the stories of the biggest, deadliest and weirdest Dinosaurs ever to walk ...
"Our Environmental Destiny" - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
At the College of Natural Resources 2016 Horace M. Albright Lecture in Conservation, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. discusses the role that natural resources play in ...