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Ron Sullivan, McGill University, Montreal, Que.

As a former resident and "life-long" Nova Scotian, biologist and concerned citizen, I am profoundly dismayed at the zeal with which this government is pushing the policy for the expansion of salmon feedlots.

It is a simple fact that everywhere on both sides of the Atlantic (and Pacific), where this practice has been so enthusiastically embraced, the effects on wild salmon populations have been disastrous.

The issue goes far beyond the very valid concerns of sport and commercial salmon fisheries and tourism. We are at an environmental tipping point. Wild Atlantic salmon stocks have been thoroughly decimated in their traditional ranges because of overzealous salmon aquaculture and no amount of good intentions, regulations or "oversight" can possibly prevent the irreversible (and certain) destruction caused by escapees, disease, etc., that has been well documented.

Protection of these wild populations in remaining regions of Nova Scotia, while also economically beneficial, literally represents one of the last, if not the last, chance of saving this magnificent wild species and crucial part of our shared heritage.

I have been a strong supporter of NDP policies and their respect for the "greater good" and have always been very proud to be from Nova Scotia, a place long regarded as progressive and forward-thinking. However, tough economic times are not a licence to play God with nature. This policy reeks of the "Harper-esque" total disdain for science, the environment, facts, reason and common sense, for the sake of the almighty short-term dollar.

This is not a simple cost/benefit analysis for the current year or decade. Mr. Dexter, do not make me ashamed to be Nova Scotian — and remembered by my children as one who could have helped save the magnificent Atlantic salmon.

Ron Sullivan, McGill University, Montreal, Que.

 

As a former resident and "life-long" Nova Scotian, biologist and concerned citizen, I am profoundly dismayed at the zeal with which this government is pushing the policy for the expansion of salmon feedlots.

It is a simple fact that everywhere on both sides of the Atlantic (and Pacific), where this practice has been so enthusiastically embraced, the effects on wild salmon populations have been disastrous.

The issue goes far beyond the very valid concerns of sport and commercial salmon fisheries and tourism. We are at an environmental tipping point. Wild Atlantic salmon stocks have been thoroughly decimated in their traditional ranges because of overzealous salmon aquaculture and no amount of good intentions, regulations or "oversight" can possibly prevent the irreversible (and certain) destruction caused by escapees, disease, etc., that has been well documented.

Protection of these wild populations in remaining regions of Nova Scotia, while also economically beneficial, literally represents one of the last, if not the last, chance of saving this magnificent wild species and crucial part of our shared heritage.

I have been a strong supporter of NDP policies and their respect for the "greater good" and have always been very proud to be from Nova Scotia, a place long regarded as progressive and forward-thinking. However, tough economic times are not a licence to play God with nature. This policy reeks of the "Harper-esque" total disdain for science, the environment, facts, reason and common sense, for the sake of the almighty short-term dollar.

This is not a simple cost/benefit analysis for the current year or decade. Mr. Dexter, do not make me ashamed to be Nova Scotian — and remembered by my children as one who could have helped save the magnificent Atlantic salmon.

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