Environment Media release

Media advisory: March 1 Rally on open net fish farming

(Upper Tantallon) – On the heels of a similar event in Mahone Bay that drew 300 people, the Twin Bays Coalition is holding a rally in opposition to the provincial government’s plan to impose industrial scale open net pen fish farming in our waters. 

The event, which will be live-streamed, will be held at the St. Margaret’s Community Centre, 12 Westwood Blvd., 2:00 pm, Sunday, March 1.  (Similar rallies will be held the day before in Digby, and the day after in Liverpool.)  The rallies are in response to the government granting to Cermaq Canada, a subsidiary of multinational Mitsubishi, an exclusive option to explore putting their massive fish farms in our bays and harbours.

The Twin Bays Coalition unites the people of St. Margaret’s, Mahone, Lunenburg, and Green Bays, and has joined forces with other movements across the province under the umbrella, the Healthy Bays Network.

Tantallon’s March 1st event will be hosted by Chris Heide from the Council of Canadians.  Speakers include:

Bob Chamberlin, former Chief Councillor of the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation and former VP of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, which represents over 100 BC First Nations.

Jeff WagnerVince Boutilier and Keith Cull,  Twin Bays lobstermen (LFA 33). 

Lorne Johanson, former Lunenburg B&B operator and TIANS Board member, has written two reports for TIANS on aquaculture.  He has a Master’s Degree in Marine Science and Environmental Management. 

Bonny Glambeck, a lifelong activist and naturalist based in Tofino, BC, helped build the temperate rain forest movement, culminating in the 1993 Clayoquot protests, the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history.

Karen Wristen, Executive Director of BC’s Living Oceans Society, is applying her background in environmental law to advocating for wild salmon habitat and sustainable aquaculture. 

Kirk Haverstock, CEO of land-based closed containment pioneers Sustainable Blue.

Colin Sproul, fifth generation lobsterman, VP Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association.

For more information, contact: Geoff Le Boutillier, Twin Bays Coalition, twinbayscoalition@gmail.comhttps://www.twinbays.ca/

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