From CBC – 17june2011: Demonstrators with bags of strong-smelling sludge protested against the approval of two salmon farms to be located in one of Nova Scotia’s most productive lobster fishing bays.
About 75 fishermen, environmentalists and concerned citizens gathered in Halifax on Friday and brought sludge from existing salmon farms in other parts of the province to the protest outside the legislature.The Nova Scotia government recently approved the two salmon farms in St. Marys Bay in the southwestern part of the province. Each farm will stock about 700,000 fish and is part of a $150-million expansion by New Brunswick-based Cooke Aquaculture.
The farms will total about 84 hectares.
Demonstrators said they want public consultation and answers to their concerns — which they said were ignored.
Lobster fisherman Sheldon Dixon said he believes the farms will create residue that will harm the bay’s bottom and one of the province’s most profitable lobster fishing grounds if the projects proceed.
He told the crowd that about 3,000 traps operated by 60 fishermen would be displaced by the sites.
“Where will we go? We have to go to somebody else’s [ocean] bottom and all the other bottom is covered,” he said.