SAVE OUR BAYS.
WE ARE THE TWIN BAYS COALTION.
We are the citizens of St. Margarets Bay and Mahone Bay, dedicated to preserving and restoring the health of our marine ecosystems and coastal communities. From bay-to-bay, we are working together in opposition to the government-supported expansion of open net-pen salmon aquaculture in our backyard. Instead, we are driving a different vision for a vibrant, resilient, sustainable and regenerative ocean economy that supports coastal livelihoods without degrading our home water or putting existing jobs at risk.
The Twin Bays Coalition came together to fend off a massive open net-pen salmon farming proposal that would have forever changed the nature of our bays. In the face of terrific public opposition, Cermaq packed up and left officially in April of 2020, abandoning development plans. The very next day, Cooke Aquaculture reaffirmed their plans to quadruple the amount of farmed salmon currently produced in Nova Scotia. Now they are continuing with expansion plans throughout the province, including at Saddle Island, on the Aspotogan Peninsula, where they have been polluting the water and operating outside of their leasing boundaries for years.
THE BIG NEWS
Cooke Aquaculture is hosting an open house on expansion plans at Saddle Island. The event will take place at the Blandford Community Hall from 1-8pm on July 21. We are encouraging all Twin Bays members to attend (respecting public health guidelines) to tell the industry that salmon farming is not welcome in our bays. We'll be set up near the venue all day to answer questions and provide additional information. We will look forward to seeing you there!
The company name has changed, but the game is still the same. The people of the Twin Bays rolled in like a tornado when Cermaq came to town, developing and attending public events, writing letters, handing out signs, publishing articles, posting on socials, sharing resources and so much more. We've captured some of the highlights from that time in the gallery below. Let's rev it up again.