11/20/2013 07:16 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

Conservation groups say three-week consultation on aquaculture too short

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Two salmon conservation groups say a public consultation on the aquaculture industry in Newfoundland and Labrador is too short.

The Atlantic Salmon Federation and the Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador say three weeks for providing electronic input is not long enough to provide comprehensive consultations.

The groups say they also take issue with the province being both a major investor in the aquaculture industry and its regulator.

They want the province to impose a moratorium on further expansion of the salmon aquaculture industry and carry out in-depth consultations to address issues like infectious salmon anemia and farmed salmon escapes.

Both groups say they will submit positions on open pen aquaculture and what they see as the threat to wild Atlantic salmon and the environment.