N.S. Tories want fewer open-pen fish farms [East Coast]

Chronicle Herald
July 22, 2012

Nova Scotia’s Conservative party wants the Dexter government to slow down open-pen fish farming in the province.

In a release Saturday, Tory Leader Jamie Baillie said the approval of applications for new salmon farms should be withheld by the province.

He said “the public has no confidence in” the type of aquaculture under consideration in parts of Nova Scotia, so a moratorium is warranted.

The aquaculture industry must be sustainable and in harmony with coastal communities, Baillie said.

Residents are also worried about what seems to be a “rubber-stamped” applications process, he said.

The Conservatives’ release said Baillie recently met with residents and business owners from the Eastern Shore, and has met with “many concerned Nova Scotians” in coastal communities during the past few months.

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Posted July 23rd, 2012