Petition Closed
Petitioning NDP MLA E Shore Sid Prest and 10 others
This petition will be delivered to:
NDP MLA E Shore
Sid Prest
Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
Hon. Percy Paris
Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture; Minister of Environment
Hon. Sterling Belliveau
Government of Nova Scotia
Hon. Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia
Minister Fisheries and Oceans, Government of Canada
Hon. Keith Ashfield
Minister of Environment, Government of Canada
Hon. Peter Kent
Minister of Defense, Government of Canada
Hon. Peter MacKay, MP Central Nova
HRM district 1
Councillor Steve Streatch
NDP MLA Guysbourough-Sheet Harbour
Jim Boudreau
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Government of Canada
Hon. Denis Lebel
Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality
Mayor Peter Kelly

STOP OPEN PEN FINFISH FARMING ON NOVA SCOTIA'S SHORE!

Open pen fin fish aquaculture is a threat to existing sustainable fisheries such as the lobster fishery. It will undo significant investments made in restoring wild salmon habitats along the shore. Fish farms on the Eastern Shore will also harm tourism, real estate, and the quality of life of current residents.

Scientific research has convincingly established that open pen fish farming destroys naturally occurring fish stocks and contaminates the waters with both chemicals and huge amounts of fecal matter. There is a reason why residents of British Columbia, Scotland, California, Latin America, and other parts of Nova Scotia are fighting this type of unregulated industrial farming on their coasts.

 


Letter to
NDP MLA E Shore Sid Prest
Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Hon. Percy Paris
Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture; Minister of Environment Hon. Sterling Belliveau
and 8 others
Government of Nova Scotia Hon. Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia
Minister Fisheries and Oceans, Government of Canada Hon. Keith Ashfield
Minister of Environment, Government of Canada Hon. Peter Kent
Minister of Defense, Government of Canada Hon. Peter MacKay, MP Central Nova
HRM district 1 Councillor Steve Streatch
NDP MLA Guysbourough-Sheet Harbour Jim Boudreau
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Government of Canada Hon. Denis Lebel
Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Hon. Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia; Hon. Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Minister of Environment; Hon. Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism; Jim Boudreau, NDP MLA, Guysbourough-Sheet Harbour; Sid Prest, NDP MLA, Eastern Shore, Mayor Peter Kelly, Halifax Regional Municipality; Councilor Steve Streatch, District 1, HRM; Hon Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Government of Canada; Hon. Peter Kent, Minister of Environment, Government of Canada; Hon. Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Government of Canada; and Hon. Peter MacKay, Minister of Defense and MP Central Nova, Government of Canada

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Stop plans to implant open pen finfish aquaculture on Nova Scotia's Shores.

Open pen finfish aquaculture is a threat to existing sustainable fisheries such as the lobster fishery. It will undo significant investments made in restoring wild salmon habitats along the shore. We are also concerned that fish farms will threaten tourism operations, real estate values, and the quality of life of coastal residents. This is why we are calling for a moratorium on the granting of further open pen finfish licenses in Nova Scotia.

Scientific research has convincingly established that fish farming destroys naturally occurring fish stocks and contaminates the waters with both chemicals and huge amounts of fecal matter. There is a reason why residents of British Columbia, Scotland, California, Latin America, and other parts of the Maritimes are fighting this type of unregulated industrial farming on their coasts. We do not need to redo a many-times failed experiment yet again.

We are asking all three levels of government not to make allowances for or grant any further open pen finfish aquaculture permits in Nova Scotia. We do not believe they have adequately weighed the risks these sorts of operations pose to our communities and ways of life.

Fish the seas. Farm the land.





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Sincerely,