A St. George Aquaculture Company Fined For Using Pesticides Without Permission

Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 15:33 PM

An aquaculture company from St. George has received a $12,000 fine for an infraction under the provincial pesticide control act.

This incident occurred last July when Northern Harvest Sea Farms was arranging to get approval for using a pesticide on their salmon cages in the Bay of Fundy between Campobello Island and Head Harbour Island.

They did not get permission but used it anyway.

Concerns were also raised about how close the cages were to a lobster pound and how a pesticide may impact.

The company believed it was imperative for fish health to use it.

Judge Kelly Winchester noted the company did plead guilty and no harm was done to the environment.

In her sentence, Winchester said the primary function of the fine is deterrence and the fine should be felt by the company and the penalty should be meaningful.

The Crown and defence made a joint submission for a fine ranging from $8,000 to $12,000.

Fines for this type of infraction can range from $500 to $50,000.