The long-anticipated legal battle over the careless approvals of aquaculture leases by Nova Scotia Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau began this week with a letter to the minister from the Toronto law firm EcoJustice regarding Belliveau’s recent approval of leases for industrial scale fish farms in St.Margaret’s Bay NovaScotia.
A copy of the letter is here:
550 Bayview Avenue, Suite 401
Toronto, ON, M4W 3X8
9 June 2011
By Email and Regular Letter Mail
Minister Sterling Belliveau
Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture
3rd Floor, 1741 Brunswick Street P.O. Box 2223
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3C4
Re: Request for copies of Leases, Licenses and other Approval Materials Aquaculture sites near Long Island, St Mary’s Bay, Nova Scotia Lease Nos. 1353 and 1354
Dear Minister Belliveau,
We have been contacted by a number of stakeholders with concerns regarding the leases and licenses that were recently issued by you for marine aquaculture sites at Freeport (Lease No. 1354) and Grand Passage (Lease No. 1353), near Long Island, Nova Scotia.
I hereby request copies of the leases and licenses and any other approval documents related to these sites.
Please note that should appeals be filed regarding your decisions to issue these leases and licenses, motions will be brought pursuant to the Nova Scotia Civil Procedure Rules to stay these decisions pending the outcome of the appeals.
I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.
Hugh S. Wilkins Staff Lawyer