PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS - SAY NO TO OPEN NET-PEN AQUACUTLURE !
HOW TO SUBMIT PUBLIC COMMENTS TO NSDFA
HELP US PROTECT OUR BAYS
The Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture (NSDFA) has recently posted Open Net-Pen Aquaculture Lease Renewal Applications for; Liverpool Bay, Port Mouton, Shelburne Harbour and St.Mary's Bay on their website. The deadline for public comments on these applications is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th at midnight.
It's a critical time to TAKE A STAND! As a concerned citizen, business or organization, you can participate in the process by submitting concerns about these net-pen lease renewals in writing before the deadline. Please note the criteria for submitting written public comments to NSDFA was changed in November 2019. In order to ensure your written comments are accepted, we have prepared a step by step guide to assist you.
LIVERPOOL BAY, (Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd.) - AQ#1205
PORT MOUTON, (Ocean Trout Farms Inc.) - AQ#0835
SHELBURNE HARBOUR, (Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd.) - AQ#1192
ST. MARY'S BAY, (Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd.) - AQ#0742
To view the Lease Application Documents & Maps click on the lease #'s above.
How to submit Public Comments to NSDFA
Step by Step Guide
SCROLL TO BOTTOM, COPY & PASTE OUR SAMPLE LETTER OR ......FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW.
SUBJECT LINE: SPECIFY THE LOCATION & LICENSE # OF CONCERN . Refer to list above, select the one closest to your home and/or business.
PARAGRAPH 1: DESCRIBE HOW YOU ARE CONNECTED TO THE LEASE RENEWAL SITE. Example; “As a resident of NS who understands the economic dependence of this Province on the Lobster fishery and Tourism industry, I believe that I have the right to speak my concerns on this topic. I am a local [property owner, lobster fisher or connected to the lobster fishery, a beach user, etc…]”
PARAGRAPH 2+: STATE YOUR CONCERN. IT MUST BE RELATED TO ONE OR MORE OF THE 'FACTORS' a) to h) LISTED BELOW. Select the factor(s) that relates to your matter, use our examples of related concerns for reference.
INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT INFO: Full name, Civic Street Address, Community, Province/State, Country, email address. (your civic address, email address and phone numbers are not shared publicly)
THE 8 FACTORS
a) to h)
Select one of the factors below, copy and paste our example "concern" text into your letter and/or add your own words.
a) The optimum use of marine resources;
"We do not believe that fin-fish aquaculture is compatible with traditional local marine resource uses such as lobster fishing, clamming, shell fish culturing, recreational boating or use of the nearby beaches. It is known to pollute the waters while offering little or no economic benefits to local communities."
b) The contribution of the proposed operation to community and Provincial economic development;
"Research has shown that jobs in the fin-fish aquaculture industry are very limited. Due to automation in the feeding process a few workers can visit many fish sites in a day. The wages for these non-specialized staff members are low, the work on the water is dangerous and lay-offs frequent. Cooke (Kelly Cove) aquaculture sites use mainly New Brunswick specialized personnel, vessels and trucks to ship all of the fish for processing back to NB, so there is very little economic gain for local communities or for Nova Scotia."
c) Fishery activities in the public waters surrounding the proposed aquaculture operation;
"Cooke (Kelly Cove) is from NB, the fish are owned, processed and sold outside of NS and most all the money goes back to NB. And this is all while these fin-fish aquaculture sites pollute our local waters and put a $2 Billion lobster industry at risk."
d) The oceanographic and biophysical characteristics of the public waters surrounding the proposed aquaculture operation;
"While NSDFA monitoring requirements focus on whether or not the faecal waste from hundreds of thousands of caged salmon remains under the pen or not, NSDFA do not require any research or monitoring on where that waste ends up otherwise! Anyone who has been to a beach knows that ocean currents and wave action brings fishing debris, trash, and styrofoam particles onto our beaches and shorelines as will be the same with fish faeces. While our provincial and federal governments force municipalities and private residents to invest in expensive waste management and septic systems, conservative estimates on the amount of fish faeces being created by these fish farms are equivalent to the raw sanitary waste from100,000 people or more! Beach Meadows Beach Park, where families and visitors swim, is just 500 m down current from the Coffin Island site. Coffin Island is a provincially recognized Wildlife Refuge and home to the endangered Piping Plover."
e) The other users of the public waters surrounding the proposed aquaculture operation;
"Our bays that surround these sites are used by lobster and bait fishers, yacht clubs, recreational boaters, tourists, divers, swimmers and wildlife including whales, dolphins and wild Atlantic Salmon. The more our ocean resources are handed over, privatized and polluted by these multinational companies the more our quality of life and economic stability is threatened."
f) The public right of navigation;
"Fin-fish aquaculture sites tie-up large areas of navigable water (some the size of a football field) making them no longer available to other users. These site have many rope lines, buoys and netting that can make them dangerous to recreational sailors, fishers, wild mammals and other fish species."
g) The sustainability of wild salmon;
"Many of these farms are in or in close proximity to wild salmon migratory routes. Farmed fin-fish are known to carry the disease Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) that can infect our wild salmon. Although sea lice are currently not an issue at these smaller sites, once these site get larger or closer together sea lice is known to be a common problem in fish farms and will be a problem here. Our wild Atlantic salmon are already in jeopardy (Inner Bay of Fundy salmon are on the Endangered Species List) due to river/ocean acidification, river damming, habitat loss and other concerns - how can we the risk multiplying the risk by supporting these salmon farms? Wild salmon sport fisheries are also big tourist draws."
h) The number and productivity of other aquaculture sites in the public waters surrounding the proposed aquaculture operation;
"Are there other shellfish harvests or aquaculture in your area that are being put at risk? If so add that information under this factor."
Copy & Paste Option
Nova Scotia Department of
Fisheries and Aquaculture
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RE: License/Lease Renewal, [Liverpool Bay AQ#1205]
As a resident of Nova Scotia who understands the economic dependence of this province on the Lobster fishery and Tourism industry, I believe that I have the right to speak my concerns on this topic. [I am a local property owner, lobster fisher or connected to the lobster fishery, a beach user, etc.....]
I am deeply concerned how this aquaculture lease will effect the optimum use of marine resources in my Bay. I do not believe that fin-fish aquaculture is compatible with traditional local marine resource uses such as lobster fishing, clamming, shell fish culturing, recreational boating, or use of the nearby beach. It is known to pollute the waters while offering little or no economic benefits to local communities.
I request that these concerns be acknowledged and duly considered in the review of the above noted Lease Renewal.
Province / State
cc: your local MP
your local MLA