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The Association for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore (APES) was formed in Sheet Harbour on 17 February 2012 at a community meeting in the Lion's Center, where hundreds of residents signed letters expressing concern about proposals by Snow Island Salmon, Inc., a subsidiary of Scottish company, Loch Duart, to install open pen salmon feedlots in Shoal Bay, Spry Harbour and Beaver Harbour, Nova Scotia.  The Association is an organization consisting of hundreds of concerned residents and business people from a variety of sectors on the Eastern Shore, including the Sheet Harbour Chamber of Commerce, tourism operators, people in the building trades, fishermen and international marketers of lobster and other wild species, as well as representatives of various parks and wilderness groups.

We are concerned that the proposals by Snow Island Salmon/Loch Duart do not meet basic standards set out by the aquaculture industry itself in consultation with the provincial and federal governments (Stantec 2009, Hargrave 2002), and as a consequence, may put a number of existing and potentially healthier sustainable industries on our shore at risk.  We are also concerned that an overwhelming number of peer-reviewed international and national scientific studies readily and repeatedly show a variety of serious environmental harms directly attributable to such poorly sited open pen finfish farms. Finally, we have a number of concerns about what we could only call a democratic deficit in this process, beginning with the sham of a public consultation—the only clear zone for public input, and the only required public hearing for all three of the license applications on the Eastern Shore--hosted by the department of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Sheet Harbour on 6 February 2012. Hundreds of people came to that meeting; not all questioners were heard, and few there felt their questions were seriously considered or appropriately answered.  And yet there is no other venue where that will happen.

We have, since our formation in mid-February 2012, held two well-attended public educational forums, written thousands of letters to Premier Dexter (who has, as yet, to answer), to Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Belliveau, and to our local MLAs Jim Boudreau and Sid Prest, as well as to officials at various federal and provincial licensing and review boards. Our petition calling for a moratorium on the granting of open pen finfish feedlot licenses has more than 3100 signatures at this writing; our facebook group has more than 800 members, and we have joined, with more than 50 other groups from across the province in calling for a moratorium on the granting of further open pen finfish aquaculture licenses in the province of Nova Scotia.

APES Salmon Fly

A salmon fly designated “THE APES FLY” and designed by fly tier Chris Williams, which symbolizes the value of the resources of the Eastern Shore Nova Scotia and its surrounding communities.

The ‘Apes Fly’ consists of the following:
* a tag of flat holographic tinsel which symbolizes the value of “Wild Atlantic Salmon;”
* a butt of hot red which symbolizes the value of lobster and crab to the fisherman of Nova Scotia and its surroundings;
* a tail of Grey Heron substitute honoring the protected wildlife habitat;
* a body of white and blue resembling two of Nova Scotia’s colors, and a rib of oval silver tinsel;
* a wing of black bear, topped with red squirrel tail, followed by black bear, honouring the strength and fight of all the people involved with the group “APES;”
* a cheek of an eye of jungle cock, which symbolizes the many people watching the NDP government as well as Snow Island Salmon and their partner Loch Duart’s every move.
* A throat of orange says, “KEEP THE HEAT ON,” and last, a head of black.



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