Mike Rose, part of the team that applied to set up salmon aquaculture sites near the communities of Burgeo, Ramea and La Poile, characterized their approach to the project as slow and deliberate.
“I’ve grown up here in N.L.,” Rose said. “I know how important these areas are. I always think of the fishermen first and the fishing interest in these areas.”
Rose explained that the first thing that happened years ago was to try to meet with the individual fisherman in Burgeo, Ramea and LaPoile and understand their business, where they fished, how they fished, when they fished.
“After we had our meetings with them, we began to isolate and chose our sites on that basis,” he said. “Once they understood that we wouldn’t be interfering with their primary areas of interest and that they were generally supportive.
“We were pleased that we had some good discussions to start this process off and we’ll continue doing that with the fisherman in particular and obviously with the town councils and other community interests as well.”