"A Tim Houston PC government will stop fish farm expansion projects and put them through an independent, rigorous approval process based on science, said South Shore PC candidates Kim Masland and Susan Corkum-Greek."
On July 23rd, Nova Scotia's PC Party issued a press release titled "Effectiveness, transparency key to PC Aquaculture plan". The news release highlighted statements made by Queens Candidate, Kim Masland and Lunenburg candidate Susan Corkum-Greek in reference to fish farm expansion.
“It is absolutely crucial that we get this right,” said Queens candidate Masland. “The PC plan will protect the environment and livelihoods by filtering out projects that don’t meet strict scientific standards.”
The PC Party states it will follow the recommendations of the Doelle-Lahey Report which proposes a classification system where green areas are suitable for fin-fish aquaculture, yellow areas have the potential to be suitable and need a more careful approach, and red areas that are unsuitable for fin-fish aquaculture.
Note: Following the PC Chester-St.Margaret's candidate Danielle Barkhouse's speech last week in Blandford, this now makes for at least three PC Party MLA candidates who have spoken out against open net-pen fish farms, however, there is no specific reference to fin-fish farms or aquaculture in the NS's PC Party Platform.
You can view the PC Party's platform in full here. View the press release statement re fish farms below.
**EDIT April 2022 ***
This PC press release and others have been purged from the NS PC party's website where they were originally published and so the link we provided in this post and on our FB page back in August 2021 is no longer active. Below is a copy of the original press release in full.
** Edit April 2022 - This link is no longer active.**
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