Municipality of Chester says NO to open net-pen fish farms in their District.
"This morning, Council expressed their position on a proposed open pen salmon farming operation being considered for our area in a letter to The Honourable Keith Colwell, Minister of Fisheries & Aquaculture and copied to Premier Stephen McNeil and Hugh MacKay, MLA for Chester-St. Margarets.
Based on a number of concerns, including conflicts this project has with local commercial activities, residential use in the area, and environmental issues, Council for the Municipality of Chester has stated that, "At this point in the process for a marine aquaculture licence and lease for open pen salmon farming by CERMAQ; and, based on the information provided to Council to date, and the consistent and substantial public concern expressed, Council believes the potential risks outweigh the potential benefits to our community's long-term interests. Therefore, Council wishes to express our opposition to the expansion of open pen salmon farming in the coastal waters surrounding the community."
View this announcement and comments posted on the Municipality of Chester Facebook Page, March 12, 2020.
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