Two weeks ago, returning from the press conference held by the Nova Scotia Coalition for Aquaculture on the Implementation of the Doelle-Lahey Report, I was struck by the absence of reporters from the South Shore. The people of Shelburne County need to hear from all stakeholders in aquaculture.
They should know that on Thursday Jan. 8, 400 people, and then some; from across the province attended the province-wide press conference in support of the final report of the Independent Aquaculture Regulatory Review. The crowd filled a banquet room to overflowing. And judging from the presence of the many environmental and coastal group advocates, along with the Ecology Action Centre spokesperson, Ray Plourde, the message to government is to legislate strict rules in the Wild West Show of finfish aquaculture so that we can protect the ecologically rich bays of Nova Scotia.
The Coast Guard has reported that Shelburne Municipal Warden Roger Taylor sent a letter to the Premier “urging the provincial government to get moving on new fish farming regulations so Cooke Aquaculture and other companies can continue expanding the industry in Nova Scotia,”
Cooke Aquaculture spokesperson Nell Halse stated that Cooke is “waiting on new fish farming regulations” without specific reference to the actual report by Doelle-Lahey Report, tabled in the Fall after extensive hearings throughout the province. Taylor and Halse speak of waiting on “regulations” as if these are merely standing in the way of progress towards the creation of jobs. Everyone agrees jobs are vital. More on…