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Growing Coalition Calls for Moratorium on Salmon Feedlots

March 13, 2012

Wild Atlantic salmon conservationists, commercial fisheries groups, tourism operators and others are calling for a moratorium on salmon feedlots in Nova Scotia waters.

HALIFAX,NS (PRWEB) March 13, 2012

Wild salmon conservationists, commercial fisheries groups, environmental organizations, sustainable economic development proponents and tourism operators are united in their concern over the Provincial Government´s commitment to expanding open net pen salmon aquaculture in Nova Scotia.

Fifty-one organizations, representing a diverse range of interests, have supported a letter to Premier Darrell Dexter requesting that he declare a moratorium on further expansion of open net pen salmon aquaculture. The organizations express support for closed containment aquaculture and small-scale shellfish marine aquaculture — both areas where Nova Scotia has previously been a leader.

“There are potentially significant environmental and economic consequences for tourism, commercial fisheries, coastal water quality, not to mention jeopardizing any rebuilding of the wild Atlantic salmon populations,” says Lewis Hinks of the Atlantic Salmon Federation. “We are asking the Premier to begin to engage meaningfully with coastal communities and to consider replacing the current rapid expansion of net pen salmon aquaculture with more responsible avenues.”

Organizations are collaborating in their efforts to bring meaningful public dialogue to the forefront of this issue, particularly in response to controversial open net pen salmon aquaculture expansions in St. Mary´s Bay, Shelburne and the Eastern Shore. Federal charges filed against Cooke Aquaculture of New Brunswick alleging illegal pesticide use and an outbreak of Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) at a Cooke operation near Shelburne, Nova Scotia have further contributed to the opposition and raised significant issues related to open net pen salmon aquaculture.

“We are concerned that the draft Coastal Strategy, which is heralded as a framework for good stewardship of Nova Scotia´s coastline, fails to even mention salmon farms which are the largest industrial expansion on our coasts,” says Marike Finlay of the Association for the Protection of the Eastern Shore. “We see this omission as denial by this government to recognize the real issues facing our coasts.”

“If a “normal day of business” for open net pen salmon aquaculture means disease, killing fish, lost profit, widespread public outcry – do we really want this business?” asks Sindy Horncastle of MAYDAY-Shelburne County. “The ~ 50% profit margin from salmon feedlots comes at the expense of taxpayers and the environment. Show me a farm that doesn’t have to pay for barns, waste removal, air circulation, light, land and taxes on that land – and of course it is profitable.”

The Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) has submitted a separate letter outlining concerns over open net pen salmon aquaculture expansion and its potential impacts on the tourism industry, which is worth $1.4 billion annually to the Nova Scotia economy.

For further information contact:

Lewis Hinks, Atlantic Salmon Federation    lhinks (at) auracom (dot) com p. 902 -275-3407

Marike Finlay, Association for the Protection of the Eastern Shore Marike.Finlay (at) gmail (dot) com 902-654-2265

Sindy Horncastle, MAYDAY-Shelburne County keelers6 (at) hotmail (at) com, p. 902-875-4771

Photos of land-based aquaculture can be found at:

Overview of a tank     http://asf.ca/docs/uploads/betterway/tank-closedcontainment.jpg

Atlantic salmon from the growout trial    http://asf.ca/docs/uploads/betterway/growout%20trial.jpg

Dr. Summerfelt and Jonathan Carr of ASF examine data    http://asf.ca/docs/uploads/betterway/summerfelt-carr-at-fwi.jpg

Caption: Fifty-one organizations, representing a diverse range of interests, are calling for an end to further expansion of open net aquaculture in Nova Scotia , in favour of closed containment aquaculture (Seen Above), to protect the environment.

The following organizations have signed on to the letter sent to the Premier on March 4th, 2012.

Community Organizations, Groups and Coalitions Community

Association for Preservation of the Eastern Shore

Atlantic Coalition for Aquaculture Reform

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society — Nova Scotia Chapter

Citizens for Sustainable Aquaculture Now

Coastal Coalition of Nova Scotia

Conservation Council of New Brunswick

Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association

Ecology Action Centre

Friar´s Bay Development Association

Friends of Port Mouton Bay

Friends of Shelburne Harbour

Fundy BayKeeper

Heavy Current Fishers Association

MAYDAY-Shelburne County

Partnership for the Sustainable Development of Digby Neck & Islands Society

Sierra Club — Atlantic Canada Chapter

St. Mary´s Bay Coastal Alliance

Wild Salmon Organizations

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Nova Scotia Salmon Association

Antigonish Rivers Association (ARA)

Fédération québécoise pour le saumon atlantique

Cobequid Salmon Association

Cumberland County River Enhancement Association

Eastern Shore Wildlife Association

LaHave River Salmon Association

Margaree Salmon Association

Medway River Salmon Association*

Mushamush River Salmon Association

Musquodoboit River Watershed Society

New Brunswick Salmon Council

North Colchester River Restoration Association

PEI Council of the Atlantic Salmon Federation

Queens County Fish & Game Association

Sackville Rivers Association

St. Mary´s River Association

Trout Nova Scotia

Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

Commercial Fishing Associationså

1688 Professional Lobster Fishermen Association

Eastern Shore Fishermen´s Protective Association (ESFPA)

Fundy Fixed Gear Association

Fundy North Fishermen´s Association

Guysborough County Inshore Fishermen´s Association

Lobster Fishing Area 33

Lobster Fishing Area 34

Tourism Operators

Brier Island Whale & Seabird Cruises Ltd.

Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia

Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shore*

East Coast Outfitters

Freeport Whale & Seabird Tours*

Gambrel Group Outdoor Adventure

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