NEWFOUNDLAND FISH PROCESSOR FINED $115,000
Newfoundland Fish Processor Fined – Notre Dame Seafoods, a Newfoundland fish processing company has been fined $115,000 by the US Federal Government for not abiding by a permit for disposing of fish waste at sea according to an article in CBC News.
The Seafood Processor, which operates processing plants in Comfort Cove and Twillingate, pleaded guilty to the violation, according to a release sent Friday by the Department of Environment.
Enforcement officers who visited the Comfort Cove plant in May of last year, observed the waste being loaded in a way that was “contrary to the conditions” of a Canadian permit for disposing waste at sea.
The company pleaded guilty to violating one count of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, according to the department.The $115,000 fine was handed down in provincial court, the release said, and the money paid toward the fine will go into the federal government’s environmental damages fund and the company’s name will be added to the environmental offenders registry.
According to its website, Notre Dame’s Comfort Cove plant processes crab, pelagics and groundfish.
Last year, it had to shut down its shrimp processing plant in Twillingate because of plummeting fish stocks. The closure affected about 100 workers.