Letter to Premier Dexter

On March 8th, 2012, wild salmon conservationists, commercial fisheries groups, environmental organizations, sustainable economic development proponents and tourism operators united in their concern over the Provincial Government’s commitment to expanding open net pen salmon aquaculture in Nova Scotia. Forty-nine organizations representing a diverse range of interests supported a letter to Premier Darrell Dexter requesting that he declare a moratorium on further expansion of open net pen salmon aquaculture.

We are asking you to demonstrate leadership and responsibility by declaring an immediate moratorium on further licensing approvals until such time as the Nova Scotia government has undertaken a strategic environmental assessment to fully understand the impacts of open net pen salmon farming and until such time as rural communities are effectively consulted on rural economic development opportunities. We ask that industrial expansion of this kind be replaced with truly sustainable economic development initiatives, that include social and environmental objectives.

Download the full text of the letter here.

Signatories to the letter

Community Organizations, Groups and Coalitions
Association for Preservation of the Eastern Shore
Atlantic Coalition for Aquaculture Reform
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Nova Scotia Chapter
Citizens for Sustainable Aquaculture Now
Coastal Coalition of Nova Scotia
Conservation Council of New Brunswick
Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association
Ecology Action Centre
Friar’s Bay Development Association
Friends of Port Mouton Bay
Friends of Shelburne Harbour
Fundy BayKeeper
Heavy Current Fishers Association
MAYDAY-Shelburne County
Partnership for the Sustainable Development of Digby Neck & Islands Society
Sierra Club – Atlantic Canada Chapter
St. Mary’s Bay Coastal AllianceWild Salmon Organizations
Atlantic Salmon Federation
Nova Scotia Salmon Association
Antigonish Rivers Association (ARA)
Fédération québécoise pour le saumon atlantique
Cobequid Salmon Association
Cumberland County River Enhancement Association
Eastern Shore Wildlife Association
LaHave River Salmon Association
Margaree Salmon Association
Medway River Salmon Association
Mushamush River Salmon Association
Musquodoboit River Watershed Society
New Brunswick Salmon Council
North Colchester River Restoration Association
PEI Council of the Atlantic Salmon Federation
Queens County Fish & Game Association
Sackville Rivers Association
St. Mary’s River Association
Trout Nova Scotia
Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and LabradorCommercial Fishing Associations
1688 Professional Lobster Fishermen Association
Eastern Shore Fishermen’s Protective Association (ESFPA)
Fundy Fixed Gear Association
Fundy North Fishermen’s Association
Guysborough County Inshore Fishermen’s Association
Lobster Fishing Area 33
Lobster Fishing Area 34Tourism Operators
Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia
Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shore
East Coast Outfitters
Gambrel Group Outdoor Adventure

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