After a number of public and private invitations from CBC Radio in Halifax, Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau has yet to agree to an on-air discussion of the issues surrounding the possible approval by his department of a large-scale, open net fish farm in St, Mary’s Bay near Freeport on the Digby Penninsula.
On Tuesday, Karen Crocker of the St. Mary’s Bay Coastal Alliance was interviewed by Don Connolly on CBC’s Information Morning (listen to interview here). Connolly told his audience that day and the next that entreaties had been made to Belliveau, but no commitment to appear was forthcoming.
“Once again, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Sterling Belliveau, and his department, have avoided a public discussion of the many problems of industrial open-pen salmon farming and the threat this industry poses to the N.S. lobster fishery,” says Sindy Horncastle of Jordan Bay, Shelburne County and member of Mayday! Shelburne County. “It is disappointing that our own government does not recognize the value of our greatest resource and is essentially turning its back on the fishermen who are major contributors to the provincial economy.”