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Opposition expressed to salmon fish farm proposal for St. Mary's Bay

January 20, 2020

A winter storm was only forecast for the following day, but a company exploring the possibility of expanding its salmon farm operations in St. Mary’s Bay, and in other parts of Nova Scotia, got a very chilly reception at a company-organized open house/information session in Digby.

'We don't want fish farms here,' says St. Marys Bay lobster fisherman

January 16, 2020 — Some people who live and work on St. Marys Bay in Digby County, N.S., want their local leaders to send a strong message to an aquaculture company that’s eyeing the area for salmon farming.

“It’s just a no-brainer. No, we don’t want fish farms here,” lobster fisherman Ritchie Crocker told CBC’s Information Morning during an interview from his boat on Tuesday morning. 

Municipality of Digby urged to stand in opposition with residents against salmon farming in St. Mary's Bay

January 28, 2020 

Even though the Municipality of Digby is not the one that would make the decision, those against an expansion of open pen salmon farming in St. Mary’s Bay have made it clear they want the municipality to stand with them in their opposition.

Potential salmon farm operations raising concerns

January 24, 2020 — Coastal residents south of Halifax aren’t in the market for farmed salmon.

“We are very concerned about salmon farming,” said Syd Dumaresq of Chester, a spokesman for the Twin Bays Coalition that encompasses citizens in Mahone Bay and St. Margarets Bay.

“In the 1950s, we thought the ocean could absorb anything we threw at it and in 2020, we know that not to be true.”

COMMENTARY: Aquaculture a broken business model that's ruinous for the environment

Robert Cervelli and Gregory Heming
February 10, 2020

Given the current awarding of “options for leases” for open-net aquaculture in our South Shore bays, it’s important to gain a higher perspective on the business and economic model being proposed, its effects on our local communities, and what alternatives may exist.

“Rally” to oppose Cermaq’s proposed industrial-scale fish farms in Mahone and St. Margaret’s Bays draws large crowd

March 20, 2020 — About 300 people gathered at a “rally” and information session held Sunday in Upper Tantallon in opposition to Cermaq Canada’s proposed industrial-scale salmon farm expansion into Mahone Bay and St. Margaret’s Bay.