Protecting Jobs and the Environment on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore

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Salmon Wars

Salmon Wars, Aquaculture and the Future of Communities

"Salmon Wars, Aquaculture and the Future of Communities"

Download  the Salmon Wars documentary at  http://www.salmonwars.com/

Diluting Fisheries Act to further fish farming

Diluting Fisheries Act to further fish farming

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is proposing regulations that would substantially alter the way the Canada Fisheries Act is applied to aquaculture activities.
 

Aquaculture industry blowing smoke

Aquaculture industry blowing smoke

“The aquaculture industry has a knack for portraying the sector as a victim of too many regulations. Yet, like every other food and livestock industry in Canada, it is subject to the same Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations designed to protect public health,” writes Inka Milewski. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff)

Fish farmers "spinning" sea lice success, says NGO

A publicity campaign by the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association (ACFFA) about the success of the region's industrial fish farms in combating sea lice infestations success is not telling the real story, according to some whose job it is to monitor fish and marine habitat health.

Fish farm culls cost public $138m

Fish farm culls cost public $138m

March 18 2014 Chronicle Herald

Fish farm culls cost public $138m

SELENA ROSS STAFF REPORTER

 

Over two decades, at least $138million of taxpayer money has compensated Canadian fish farms for sick, culled stocks.

All the culls were in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. Several East Coast environmental groups joined forces recently to count up the total cost of all known payouts.

$13M for Cooke Aquaculture after infected salmon

$13M for Cooke Aquaculture after infected salmon

Last year, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency gave out $13-million in compensation to Cooke Aquaculture when it was forced to kill salmon from its Shelburne fish farms.

Norwegian Scientists Warn against Eating Farmed Salmon

Norwegian Scientists Warn against Eating Farmed Salmon

Women, children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable against farmed salmon.

Cull Ordered at South Coast Salmon Farm in Nfl

Cull Ordered at South Coast Salmon Farm in Nfl

As many as a half million fish at a salmon farm on the south coast of Newfoundland will be killed, according to a local media report.

CFIA orders ISA infected salmon destroyed

CFIA orders ISA infected salmon destroyed

Harbour Breton plant in Newfoundland shutting down for extended period

Cooke company pleads guilty to illegal pesticide use

Cooke company pleads guilty to illegal pesticide use

Long Island fisherman Sheldon Dixon and 20 other boats protested the salmon cages when they were first installed back in 2011.

Salmon Confidential

The brand new 70 minutes film  ‘Salmon Confidential’

The brand new 70 minutes film  ‘Salmon Confidential’ (released in February 2013) follows biologist Alexandra Morton as she unravels the mysteries of BC's declining salmon stocks using some of the world's top fish labs. It documents Morton's journey as she attempts to overcome roadblocks thrown up by government agencies and bring critical information to the public. 
http://salmonconfidential.ca/

Report on Closed Containment Aquaculture

Report on Closed Containment Aquaculture

The Report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans on closed containment aquaculture has just been released. 

http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/

Canada-wide campaign launched


Days before the end of 2012, a Canada-wide campaign has been launched by SalmonFeedlotBoycott. The group calls for Canadians to stop purchasing and consuming salmon that has been raised in open-net feedlots.

CFIA loses control of ISA virus in eastern Canada

CFIA loses control of ISA virus in eastern Canada

Jan. 28, 2012 CBC article suggests the federal and provincial governments have lost control of the ISA virus in eastern Canada.

Province failing to enforce fish farm rules

Province failing to enforce fish farm rules

Sheet Harbour: In late 2012, the Association for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore asked for, and obtained, environmental monitoring data for the Owl's Head salmon farm from the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. The Owl's Head lease is owned by a subsidiary of the Scottish company, Loch Duart.

Dr Alexandra Morton's Tour of the Maritimes

Dr Alexandra Morton's Tour of the Maritimes

Dr Alexandra Morton, who has spent 20 years studying the impact on wild marine species in British Columbia, has been on a week-long tour of marine communities affected by existing or proposed open net salmon feedlots.

Her concerns with the aquaculture industry include fish waste accumulating beneath the pens, use of toxic chemicals, and spreading diseases.

Coalition for Aquaculture Reform

Coalition for Aquaculture Reform

Press Conference, Halifax, June 4 2012

Chronicle Herald News Report

Click on Read More to see what other speakers had to say!

Cooke Aquaculture´s "Summer of Salmon"

True North Salmon Company (Cook Aquaculture) collaborating with Sobey's to convince public Farmed Atlantic Salmon are safe to eat.  

Nova Scotia aquaculture transparency 'improvement' questioned

Nova Scotia aquaculture transparency improvement questioned

"They didn´t put it in the local paper or tell the community there was such renewal in process." Is this tranparent?

Press Release: October 29 2015

APES Press Release: October 29 2015

From the Association for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore (APES)

"The provincial government cannot continue to say that the recently presented aquaculture regulations, as they refer to ocean based salmon/trout feedlots, reflect the implementation of the Doelle-Lahey report", says Wendy Watson Smith, spokesperson for the Association for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore (APES).

New NS Aquaculture Regulations

The Province of Nova Scotia released its new aquaculture regulations on October 26, 2015.

Fisheries Act changes worry scientists and seafood industry

Fisheries Act changes worry scientists and seafood industry

Proposed changes to the Fisheries Act have some people concerned of potential harm to Atlantic Canada’s coast.

Massive support for new aquaculture regs

In Support of Doelle-Lahey Aquaculture Reform

More than 400 people from community organizations across Nova Scotia turned out for a rally in Halifax on Thursday, January 8th  to issue a joint call for aquaculture reform.

ACAR Press Release, January 8th, 2015

NS Coalition for Aquaculture Reform supports

Implementation of Doelle-Lahey Aquaculture Report in Full

"The Doelle-Lahey Panel" goes to government

The long-awaited report from the Independent Aquaculture Regulatory Review Panel was released on Tuesday, Dec 16

The battle is not over!

Assocciation for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore

Public meeting in Sheet Harbour demonstrated once again that the Eastern Shore community is deeply concerned about the ongoing threat of open net pen in their coastal waters.

Behind closed doors

Behind closed doors

New federal initiative will weaken aquaculture regulations, group fears

APES meets with Minister

Fisheries and Aquaculture

On September 3rd, five Association members met with Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Colwell to discuss a range of issues regarding open net pen on the Eastern Shore

Coastal Community Advocates: Response to the Doelle-Lahey draft framework

RESPONSE TO the DOELLE-LAHEY DRAF FRAMEWORK

RESPONSE TO THE DOELLE-LAHEY DRAFT FRAMEWORK

INDEPENDENT AQUACULTURE REGULATORY REVIEW

for NOVA SCOTIA

AUG 31 2014

From

COASTAL COMMUNITY ADVOCATES

Consumers Will Dictate the Future Face of Salmon Farming

Consumers Will Dictate the Future Face of Salmon Farming

ASF President Bill Taylor

Following a recent international workshop on closed containment, Bill Taylor, President of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, comments on the benefits of using land based, closed-containment technology to grow Atlantic salmon.

Apes Press Release

Nova Scotia: Eastern Shore Residents Celebrate Province’s Refusal to Grant New Open Pen Salmon Farm License in Shoal Bay

Nova Scotia: Eastern Shore Residents Celebrate Province’s Refusal to Grant New Open Pen Salmon Farm License in Shoal Bay

APES Launches a New Billboard Campaign

APES Launches a New Billboard Campaign

In the wake of news that ISA-diseased farmed salmon is being processed for human consumption, Eastern Shore residents have launched a bold new billboard campaign designed to educate consumers about the possible health risks associated with eating open pen farmed salmon.

Fish Farm Application Not Approved for Shoal Bay

Fish Farm Application Not Approved for Shoal Bay

Breaking News: March 13 2013

Fish Farm Application Not Approved for Shoal Bay

The province has not approved an application by Snow Island Salmon, a subsidiary of Loch Duart, Scotland, for a new salmon aquaculture site in Shoal Bay, near Sheet Harbour, HRM.

Eastern Shore Residents Declare a Ban on Open Pen Salmon Feedlots in Their Coastal Communities

 

27 February 2013
More than 90% of the residents of Shoal Bay and Spry Harbour have signed petitions banning the imposition of open pen salmon feedlots in their inshore waters. A number of citizens have also erected ban signs along Highway #7 where it passes through the two communities.

Apes Press Release


Provincial Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture fails to enforce its own regulations again

ACAR Report

Nova Scotia Fish Farms Impacting Environment ACAR Report

Nova Scotia Fish Farms Impacting Environment

Halifax: Seven years after the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (NS DFA) issued their first and only report on environmental monitoring at aquaculture sites in the province, an updated report, prepared for the Atlantic Coalition for Aquaculture Reform (ACAR), indicates that open pen finfish farms are having a negative impact on the environment.

Radio-Interview with Marike Finlay

Radio-Interview with Marike Finlay

Eastern Shore residents plead for an end to open pen fish farming in NS

Marike Finlay, president of the Association for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore, on concerns about fish farming off Nova Scotia's coastline and the metro bus line campaign launched by the association. 

http://habitatradio.ca/posts/eastern-shore-residents-plead-for-an-end-to-open-pen-fish-farming-in-ns

APES March on Halifax

APES March on Halifax

APES called and more than 150 citizens from the Eastern Shore travelled nearly two hours from the eastern edge of HRM to march on the Legislature Friday to demand a moratorium on the licensing of open pen salmon feedlots in HRM’s Eastern Shore Bays. They were joined by around 40 more anti-salmon farm protesters from across the province.

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Petition

Moratorium on Open Pen Finfish Farms on the Eastern Shore.

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MORATORIUM

The Association for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore has joined more than 116 organizations from across Nova Scotia to ask for an immediate moratorium on new licenses for open pen finfish aquaculture licences in the province.

Sea Lice Present in Locally Purchase Farmed Salmon

A letter from concerned community groups This is an open letter from community groups concerned about the recent findings of sea lice on farmed salmon by biologist Alexandra Morton:

Sea Lice Chemicals Are Killing Lobsters


On Jan 21 2013 in Norway, the Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency (Klif) announced that Anti-lice agents used in fish farming can cause serious harm to the wider environment, according to a study published by the organization.

Like Water and Oil


"Ocean based fish farming and organic don´t mix“, says the Center for Food Safety (CFS), a national, non-profit organization founded to protect human health and the environment.

Open Net Pen versus Progressive Aquaculture

Shoreline contamination in Jordan Bay. Is a nearby open-net pen salmon farm responsible?

Ocean Planning

Thinking Regionally, Managing Locally

by Inka Milewski

Residents, fish farm seek source of scummy substance in bay

Residents, fish farm seek source of scummy substance in bay

SHELBURNE — Gooey off-white sea scum has been washing up on the shoreline of Jordan Bay, and residents want to know where it comes from.

Sea Lice ‘Out of Control’ at Loch Duart´s Salmon Farms

At eight active salmon farms run by Loch Duart Limited the average monthly lice count was between January and June 2013 at least twice the industry’s own threshold, in February, March and April even more than three times the industry’s threshold.

Loch Duart recalls salmon over listeria detection

Listeria bacteria (Photo Credit: Bioni )

Loch Duart Artisan Smokehouse has made three recalls of its oak smoked salmon due to detection of Listeria monocytogenes, or listeria.

Sea bottom still toxic in Shelburne, says marine scientist

One year after salmon were harvested and the lease surrendered, a study has found that the sea bottom under an open net pen fish farm at Sandy Point in Shelburne Harbour is still toxic and marine life still has not recovered. The former fish farm is the site of a multi-year study examining the recovery of the sea bottom.

The false promise of fallowing

Inka Milewski, Science Advisor, Conservation Council of New Brunswick

DFO, provincial regulators and the aquaculture industry claim that fallowing (removing fish from a farm) for as little as two months to two year will allow the sediments to recover. Research shows that the return of marine life in the sediments takes much longer.

Loch Duart – The Toxic Salmon Company

Loch Duart – The Toxic Salmon Company

Don Staniford who visited Loch Duart’s operations in Lochmaddy, Scotland, on 18 November 2012 notes:

“Loch Duart markets itself as 'The Sustainable Salmon Company' but data obtained from the Scottish Government reveal that Loch Duart's sites during 2012

suffered from Epitheliocistis (Chlamydia), Salmonid Alphavirus (Pancreas Disease) and Vibrio species (Winter Ulcer).”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWpEgQLjPEA&feature=plcp

Environmental Impact

Report on the Environmental Impact of farming of North Atlantic Salmon in Norway.

Shelburne´s sea bottom is grossly polluted

Biologist Inka Milewski of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick says aquaculture has left behind mats of bacteria.

CBC News Report

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