N.B. salmon farms fined for pesticide use
Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd., a division of Cooke Aquaculture of New Brunswick, has been fined CAD 40,000 by Health Canada for not using a pesticide properly.
Kelly Cove, which has come under fire from critics of its aquaculture expansion plans in Nova Scotia, was issued 10 notices on Sept. 29 for violating Health Canada’s pesticide compliance program.
The infractions occurred in New Brunswick.
The company was found to have applied the pest control product Salmosan 50 WP at rates that exceeded label directions for controlling sea lice on salmon.
Pesticide users are required to follow the directions on the pesticide label so as not to create an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment.
Health Canada determined that the increased pesticide application rate wasn’t a risk to anyone eating the treated fish.
The company didn’t contest the findings or the penalty and chose an early payment option, which cut the fine in half.