Friday June 17th at 11:00 am
NS Legislature building, Granville St, Halifax (map)
On Friday June 17th at 11:00am at the Nova Scotia Legislature building on Granville St. in Halifax (map), outraged coastal community organizations and lobster fishermen will join the Ecology Action Centre to protest the Provincial Government’s support for the rapid expansion of industrial-scale salmon farms despite widespread community opposition.
Citizens from coastal communities are growing increasingly frustrated and feel they are being ignored by their elected officials. The St. Mary’s Bay Coastal Alliance and lobster fishermen from LFA 34 have had their concerns repeatedly dismissed by Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Environment, and are traveling to Halifax to share a strong message of opposition to open-net salmon farms in their community.
The recent decision of Minister Belliveau to approve salmon farm leases in St. Mary’s Bay threatens one of the richest lobster fisheries in the world and is a major step in Cooke Aquaculture’s expansion in Nova Scotia after the disease and environmental problems caused by their farms have limited their opportunities in New Brunswick. We need to act now to keep these large-scale aquaculture sites from ruining our coastal environments and fisheries.