Nova Scotia approves private salmon farms in lobster grounds, pushes out lobster fishermen
Private company holds two leases and plans to apply for a third.
Digby, NS, June 10, 2011: Jonathan Riley reports in the Digby County Courier that the provincial government has essentially approved the privatization of part of the coastline by granting — without public support 䜤 leases for salmon farms in traditional lobster grounds, forcing lobster fishermen to relocate and infringe on other fishermen's territories.
"Nova Scotia's minister of aquaculture and fisheries has approved two salmon farms in the middle of a traditional and prolific lobster grounds.
'I can assure you this is not going to have an impact on our traditional fisheries especially our lobster industry,' said Minister Sterling Belliveau.
Sheldon Dixon of Tiverton says he and 19 other fishermen will have to find somewhere else to put their traps.
'In that particular spot, DFO has done the studies and it's a hotspot,' says Dixon..."
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Posted: June 15, 2011
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