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REF NO.: 26

SUBJECT: Marine Institute to facilitate external review of Northern Harvest salmon mortality

DATE: Nov. 21

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland has reached an agreement with the provincial Department of Fisheries and Land Resources (DFLR) to facilitate a review of the 2019 Newfoundland and Labrador South Coast Cultured Atlantic Salmon Mortality Event reported by Northern Harvest Sea Farms (Mowi Canada East).

The Marine Institute is a world leader in education, training and applied research for the oceans sector.

The institute will establish a committee of independent external subject-matter experts that will examine:

  • the timelines of the mortality event;
  • the report by the provincial aquaculture veterinarian, and other relevant information provided by DFLR; such as diagnostic, oceanographic and environmental data; and
  • other relevant information available from other sources.  

The key objectives of the review will be to identify the cause of the mass mortality and assess the clean-up effort in response to the mortality event.

The review committee’s final report will be submitted to the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources and will recommend ways to prevent future occurrences, improve reporting requirements to government and improve response efforts by industry.

The review committee is expected to submit its final report by the end of February 2020.

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For more Information, please contact Kimberley Thornhill, manager, marketing and communications, Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, T: 709.778.0544, 709.691.9221 or


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