PETITIONS

Join hundreds of others in Nova Scotia, and across the country, who are saying NO! to open-pen fish farms.

Fish farming is linked to rapidly declining local fish populations due to disease transfer and inter breeding between wild and farmed fish. It also distributes large volumes of chemicals and concentrated fish excrement into the local waterways where people fish, recreation, swim and make their livings. Noise, smell and impacts to local fisherman have also been reported as an ongoing concern with these operations. There are currently up to 20 leases for farms proposed in the waters of Mahone Bay and St. Margaret's Bay. The goal is to keep fish farming from polluting our waters and dismantling our Bays eco system. 

Petition to the Government of Canada

Open until May 5, 2020

Whereas:
 

  • The Province of Nova Scotia has invited multinational companies to scope out and develop expansive open net pen salmon farming operations (Industrial Feedlots) in Coastal Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy;
     

  • This expansion will result in environmental degradation as seen in similar aquaculture operations in British Columbia, Newfoundland, Norway, Vietnam and elsewhere in the world;
     

  • It will pose risks to native fish stocks, pollute coastal ecosystems, imperil ‘at risk’ wild Atlantic salmon and threaten established fisheries and tourism operations.
     

  • Open pen fish farming will not create significant employment and will undermine existing lobster and other coastal fisheries;

  • These industries employ thousands of Nova Scotians and are valued at over $1 billion annually;
     

  • Their income and success stays in our province and is not funneled out of the country by foreign owned companies; and
     

  • Concerns include that the health of protected wild salmon will be imperiled by farmed salmon, the environmental degradation of the benthic environment from antibiotics, pesticides and feces, increased hazard to navigation and risk of marine entanglement, damage to our Nova Scotia brand, and loss of revenue in housing tax base with industrialization of pristine coastline.
     

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