Darrell Tingley of the Medway River Salmon Association in Nova Scotia was interviewed on CBC TV Halifax by reporter Rob North. “We are going to do everything we can to stop them from off-loading more of those fish,” Tingley said. Hundreds of thousands of juvenile salmon in eight or more large tanker trucks have come from Saint John, New Brunswick to Port Medway in the past week. 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.