Civil action planned to stop salmon importing
into Port Medway, Nova Scotia
Friday, June 24
Port Medway Wharf
Members of the Medway River Salmon Association and supporters are expected to arrive at Port Medway Wharf on the South Shore of Nova Scotia at 9:15 am on Friday, June 24 to protest the importation of hundreds of thousands of juvenile salmon from a New Brunswick hatchery.
“We are going to do everything we can to stop them from off-loading more of those fish,” says MRSA president Darrell Tingley. According to Tingley, Dartek Live Fish Transport has been trucking hundreds of thousands of juvenile salmon in eight or more large tanker trucks from Saint John, New Brunswick to Port Medway. The salmon are then onto a Cooke Aquaculture ship and taken to the open pen salmon farming site at Coffin Island, according to Tingley.
“It is one thing to have open pen fish salmon farmed in Liverpool Bay, its quite another to have a foreign stock placed on the Atlantic side of Nova Scotia,” says Tingley. “This fish farm had 500,000 rainbow trout escape in Hurricane Juan and then 13,000 escapes as a result of seal damage just last year”. If there are the expected escapes from these pens, it will destroy the salmon population in the Medway River
“This insanity must stop immediately,” adds Tingley, “and those fish placed in the pens off Coffin Island must be removed to prevent an ecological disaster to Medway and other rivers in the Southern Uplands.
Escapes of millions of farmed salmon from open net salmon cages have caused concern about the affect on wild salmon stocks in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, British Columbia and elsewhere. Recent reports from Norway suggest that the multi-billion dollar wild salmon industry there is threatened by the large number of reported escapes there. British Columbia has also experienced recent escapes which might number more than 1 million and could threaten the large commercial and recreational wild salmon industries