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St. Mary’s Bay Protectors Public Events

What’s at Stake, What We’re Doing, How You Can Help.

Thursday, March 5th, 6:30 pm
Oakdene Centre, Bear River

Concerned about plans by Cermaq (Mitsubishi) to put open net or industrial salmon feedlots in St. Mary’s Bay?
Join us and get the information you need to understand the potential impacts this industry can have on our marine
habitats, and our coastal way of life. Learn about sustainable alternatives.

Sat., 29 Feb, 2020
2:00- 4:00, Trinity Anglican Church, Digby

While the federal government, First Nations and the province of
British Columbia move away from open net-pen salmon aquaculture on the Pacific coast, Nova Scotia plans for a major industrial expansion. Why? Join us, and three very special guests from B.C., as we explore this question, discuss the risks of open net-pens, and look to chart a new path forward for aquaculture from coast-to-coast.

The St. Mary’s Bay Protectors, in conjunction with the Ecology Action Centre, Clayoquot Action, and Living Oceans, will be hosting three special guests for this free presentation, open to all:

• Bob Chamberlin is the former Chief Councillor of the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation, serving seven two-year terms, and former VP of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, which represents over 100 BC First Nations. Bob, a passionate champion of wild salmon, founded the First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance, an organization of Indigenous leaders united to protect and conserve wild salmon.
• Bonny Glambeck, a lifelong activist and naturalist based in Tofino, BC, shares with her husband, Dan, a particular love for the Clayoquot Sound. Together, they helped build the temperate rain forest movement, culminating in the 1993 Clayoquot protests, the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. Their passion for salmon, the environment, and the Clayoquot Sound have led them to an intense examination of the extensive open net-pen operations and their impact on marine ecosystems.
• Karen Wristen is the Executive Director of BC’s Living Oceans Society, with a background in environmental law. Living Oceans specializes in research and public policy to help coastal communities protect their ocean resources. Karen has been advocating on behalf of wild salmon habitat and promoting sustainable aquaculture for more than a decade.

Mahone Bay – 26 January, 2020

Free public meeting: “ There’s still time to protect our bays: Say No to open-net fish farming”

Mahone Bay Centre
45 School Street, Mahone Bay
Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2 pm

The South Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians, in partnership with the Twin Bays Coalition, is presenting a meeting, “There’s still time to protect our bays: Say No to open-net fish farming”. In light of the NS government’s giving an option to Japanese aquaculture giant, Cermaq, to explore putting open-net pens in St. Margaret’s and Mahone Bays, this public meeting will examine the risks associated with open-net fish farming. Open-net pens, which are being eliminated in BC, threaten our environment though disease, parasites, toxic chemicals and more.

The event will include presentations from the Ecology Action Centre , Twin Bays Coalition (www.twinbays.ca) , Protect Liverpool Bay, NS – ‘Free From Fish Farms’ , St. Mary’s Bay Protectors SMBP – Protect Our Bay – No Open Pen Fish Farms, and the Association for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore (http://nsapes.ca/). Excerpts of the film, Salmon Wars: Wild Fish, Aquaculture and the Future of Communities, will be shown; a short film on a Nova Scotia land-based alternative to open-net pens will also be presented. There will be opportunities for discussion among panelists and questions / comments from the audience will be encouraged as we address an issue that is a concern in communities throughout the province.

The event will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2 pm at the Mahone Bay Centre (45 School St., Mahone Bay). Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully received to cover costs. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information: southshore.coc@gmail.com and twinbays.ca