WELCOME TO OUR "WHAT'S NEW! PAGE

     On this page, you find a chronological list of what we have been doing over the past while.  Obviously Bayswater Beach and the upcoming Aquaculture Review Board hearing for site 1006 feature prominently. 

 

     We are also starting a campaign to influence the NS Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture to include the ARB process in the upcoming regulatory review.  Please visit our Aquaculture Review Board page under the WHAT'S NEW! tab above to see how you might help!

 

    Please visit often to see the latest updates.

 

Thanks!

17 January 2022

 

     We have been running a social media campaign to generate awareness and opposition to the planned expansion of site 1006, an open net pen finfish site near Bayswater Beach.  Here are the posts that we have made so far:

1. Effects on Bayswater Beach Provincial Park:

This is the first of a series of posts to generate opposition to an open net pen finfish aquaculture site near Bayswater Beach Provincial Park located on the Aspotogan Peninsula between Mahone Bay and St. Margaret’s Bay.

The site has been expanded outside of approved lease boundaries without the formal review and approval of the Aquaculture Review Board (ARB).

The ARB is an independent decision-making body appointed and funded by Government. They hear applications for new aquaculture sites and expansion of finfish sites such as the one near Bayswater Beach. Public input is encouraged at these Hearings. Hearing dates for this site have not yet been announced.

Please watch our video that shows the effects that we believe have been caused by this unapproved expansion and check out our website at twinbays.ca for more details.  https://drive.google.com/.../122fwX.../view...

2. Twin Bays Coalition Update - What have we been up to???:

This is the second in a series of posts to generate opposition to an open net pen finfish aquaculture site near Bayswater Beach Provincial Park located on the Aspotogan Peninsula between Mahone Bay and St. Margaret’s Bay.

It’s been two years since a large group of concerned citizens gathered at the Mahone Bay Centre to learn more about the impacts of open net pen finfish farming. Much has been accomplished since then.

Here is a short video that describes our Twin Bays Coalition (TBC) activities and other work. It may take a few seconds to load. Please visit our website at twinbays.ca for full details and share our posts with your friends. Thanks, from TBC!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Wsc4yZExB6AZ5bbre76WO_lq-vlyr03C/view?usp=sharing

3. The Aquaculture Review Board - Review the Review Board:

This is the third of a series of posts to generate opposition to an open net pen finfish aquaculture site near Bayswater Beach Provincial Park located on the Aspotogan Peninsula between Mahone Bay and St. Margaret’s Bay.

Minister Craig has initiated a review of our aquaculture legislation and regulations. Regrettably, he indicates that legislation and regulations establishing the Aquaculture Review Board (ARB) will not be reviewed.

After only one finfish ARB Hearing, there is ample evidence that this tribunal is fatally flawed.

Please watch our latest video describing why the ARB and the open net pen finfish approval process needs to be included in the Nova Scotia aquaculture review and visit our website at twinbays.ca Stay tuned for some simple suggestions to correct these problems.

https://drive.google.com/.../1BD6Ixb0Z4.../view...

Here is a copy of the script for this video:

https://drive.google.com/.../19tQsFKJZknKwbWCRqqH.../view...

There is also a great summary of public participation in these ARB Hearings at:

https://www.ecelaw.ca/.../Aquaculture_Summary_Series_Jan...

For full details on the ARB, they have a web page at:

https://arb.novascotia.ca/

Federal Aquaculture Act Submission: The Aquaculture Act is a new piece of proposed legislation governing the growing aquaculture sector. Our submission highlighted the need to mandate approval by those most affected by new aquaculture proposals; namely, local residents.

5 January 2022

 

     Here are links to some of our initiatives and work mentioned in the TBC Update video:

The Blue Economy Strategy Submission: This was a federal consultation about how to re-build our ocean based economy, post-COVID.  Our submission covered many topics including social license, the preservation and protection of our marine ecosystems and necessary improvements to regulations.

Rattling Beach ARB Submission: Having been denied intervenor status, TBC/HBN provided written input to the ARB Hearing to decide on the proposed expansion at the Rattling Beach open net pen finfish site near Digby. 

The provincial Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture wanted to significantly increase the size and powers of the three person Aquaculture Review Board through Bill 24 - An Act to Amend the Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act.  Several submissions were made to the Law Amendments Committee.  Go to the link and scroll down to the 25 October 2021 table and look for Bill 24.