Marbase, the company owned by Norwegian aquaculture expert Bjorn Apeland and Newfoundland-based private-equity firm Pluto Investments, is making gains with the its full-scale service center aimed at combating sealice.

Its application to develop Canada's first lumpfish factory at the site of the former Marystown Shipyard in Newfoundland and Labador (NL) has officially been registered for an environmental assessment, reports the news site VOCM.

The news site reported the deadline for public comments on the application is Jan. 14, with a decision by Canadian Minister Derrick Bragg due by Jan. 24.

The hatchery is planned to produce around 3 million lumpfish annually.