You undoubtedly have heard that the NS government has given the Norwegian aquaculture giant, Cermaq, the option to explore putting open-net pens in St. Margaret’s and Mahone Bays. Open-net fish farms, which are being eliminated in BC, threaten our environment through disease, parasites, toxic chemicals and more. Opposition to having open-net pens in our waters is mounting.
Our chapter has joined the Twin Bays Coalition which is a very active organization working with the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association, Friends of Nature, Ecology Action Centre, as well as interested individuals to oppose open-net fish farming.
If you are concerned about this issue, here are a few opportunities for action and education.
We are sorry that due to an overflow crowd at our public meeting on January 26, people had to be turned away. We now have a clean ‘edited’ version of the presentations. You can watch it by going to the youtube channel and searching for twinbayscoalitionrally. It is in 8 short episodes. You can also watch it on the Twin Bays facebook page.
Representatives from the Twin Bay Coalition have been making presentations to municipal councils. There has been a misunderstanding and the presentation to the Town of Lunenburg Council will not take place on Tuesday, February 11 at 5:15 pm. Stay tuned for notification of the new date for this presentation.
Councillor Michael Ernst is moving this motion at the regular MODL council meeting on Tuesday, February 11. “Request that the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg not support the development of open pen fish farms in District 8, Mahone Bay, as defined on the attached map.” The meeting begins at 9 am and when necessary continues after the lunch break and this item is near the end of the agenda. It is important to have supporters in attendance but it is not possible to give an accurate time. You can check with the municipal office to see if they have a better idea of the time frame. Councillor Ernst has also stated that “If other Councillors representing coastal areas of the Municipality wish to amend this motion to include the coastal areas in their districts they may do so.” In light of this it is important that you contact your councillors before Tuesday and urge them to amend the motion to include your district.
Here’s a terrific op-ed in the January 31 Chronicle Herald, from Helga Guderley. Read it here
We will have an info table at the Lunenburg Farmers Market on Thursday, February 27th. Contact us if you are able to work a 1.5 hour shift or if you are at the market stop by and have a chat with us.
The Twin Bays Coalition has organized a second public meeting, this time in Tantallon. It will be held on Sunday, March 1st at 2pm at St. Margaret’s Centre in Upper Tantallon. Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/
Finally, consider joining the Twin Bays facebook group: twinbayscoalition. And visit the website: twinbays.ca. Links to petition, opportunities for action and lots more information.
We know that Cermaq is doing an excellent job of lobbying our elected officials. We need to work equally hard to convince our elected officials that open-net fish farming is not the answer for our communities, our economy, or the environment. Write and/or call your local councillor, MP and MLA to register your concern.
Thank you for your support!