New regulator shuts downs questions on on fish farm oversight in Nova Scotia - CBC
"The Nova Scotia government was shielded from questions Tuesday about why it allowed a salmon farm owned by seafood giant Cooke Aquaculture to operate outside its lease boundary for years."
"The decision to shut down the line of inquiry came from the province's newly created Aquaculture Review Board, which is hearing an application to expand the boundaries of Cooke's open net pen salmon farm near Digby."
"Nothing is to be gained by calling evidence that is an attempt to criticize the enforcement branch of the Department of Environment or Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture," board chair Jean McKenna said on the second day of hearings in Yarmouth.
The Chair backed-up this decision by stating the following:
"We are not a board of inquiry into the appropriateness or inappropriateness of aquaculture in the province."
Article by: Paul Withers | CBC | November 17, 2021
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So, the DFA under both NDP and Liberal governments have allowed Cooke to operate outside of this lease boundary for 17 years as well as at numerous other sites, including Liverpool Bay, and now at a hearing for a BOUNDARY AMENDMENT APPLICATION - the DFA are protected from answering to the public as to why.
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