Marystown best, most-logical location
Marystown, with a population of roughly five thousand, has a new industrial park, an offshore fabrication facility at nearby Cowhead, and the site of a former shipyard – now home to Marbase. Grieg NL is currently building an Atlantic salmon hatchery in the community and intends to make Marystown the centre of its aquaculture operations in Placentia Bay. Despite recent declines in population on the Burin Peninsula, the region still has a trained, experienced workforce, especially when it comes to the skilled trades, transportation, and equipment operation. (Grieg NL EIS) All of these factors combined to make Marystown the best, most-logical place to locate a service hub for this province’s aquaculture industry.
Over the last fifteen years, the only activity at the shipyard site has been environmental remediation and abatement work carried out for the provincial government in fulfilment of its environmental liability responsibilities as a past owner.
Breathing new life into the region
Once in operation, the Marbase aquaculture service hub will breathe new life into Marystown and the Burin Peninsula – and the lumpfish hatchery will be the heart of that activity.
During construction, the hatchery will provide employment for as many as 60 predominantly local people. Site activities will generally be carried out by contractors. Spinoff activities would include increased demand for vehicle fueling, vehicle servicing, hotel accommodations, and restaurant services.