Press release: East Coast anti-net pen activists from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador, faced with the fragile status of their own wild Atlantic salmon, and with the memory of the cod collapse fresh in their minds, have joined forces with West Coast anti-net pen advocates to encourage the Minister to make the right decision.
Press release: For the third time in four months, Keith Colwell, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, has approved a finfish farm lease despite loud opposition from the very Nova Scotian community where the lease is located.
Media release; Groups province wide opposed to open net pens have now joined forces. They have formed the Healthy Bays Network (HBN). Committed to a healthy environment, empowered communities, local employment and well-paying jobs with a future, Nova Scotians will hear lots more from the Healthy Bays Network in the weeks and months ahead.
Open letter; While our province is in the depths of a deadly pandemic with orders to “Stay the BLAZES home”, our Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Hon. Keith Colwell’s department deems it business as usual for this company and grants them this unprecedented 20-year lease renewal.
Media release: The Twin Bays Coalition would like to thank Cermaq Canada for listening to, and hearing the overwhelming opposition expressed by Nova Scotians to open net pens in Nova Scotian waters.
Letter: Minister Keith Colwell has come out as one of the biggest supporters of multinational corporations seeking massive expansions of open net pen salmon farms. A Marine Protected Area would most likely restrict the establishment of salmon farms in the pristine harbours along the Eastern Shore.The pesticides, food and fecal waste from fish farms could destroy the lobster fishery and the quality of any harvests from the area.
I am weary of Mr. Colwell citing science when he has not produced one shred of scientific evidence to communities that have asked him to justify his support for this industry. And I am very weary of Mr. Colwell pretending that there has been any real substantive changes to the Aquaculture Regulations stating that they are new and transparent.
Letter by Wendy Watson Smith, president of the Association for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore: “We have just learned that Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell will lead a delegation of 18 Industry representatives and government officials on a taxpayer funded junket to Tasmania to investigate Marine Protected Areas in that part of Australia, and the feasibility of co-existence between finfish farms and a lobster fishery.”
Premier McNeil seems to think that Oil and Gas development is a perfect fit with a Marine Protected Area. Just as he probably thinks that it is appropriate to clearcut a game sanctuary. (Liscombe).