Belliveau concerned about Minister’s response to dead and escaped salmon
March 10, 2017
SHELBURNE – Queens-Shelburne MLA and NDP Fisheries critic Sterling Belliveau is concerned that despite new aquaculture regulations that were supposed to improve reporting mechanisms, information about dead and escaped salmon at an aquaculture site in Shelburne has been slow to surface over the last few weeks.
“The regulations mandate the license holder to immediately report mass mortality and breaches at an aquaculture site. However, weeks later we are still trying to figure out how many fish died or escaped at this site. Meanwhile, Minister Colwell seems to be placing the blame for lack of communication with the public on the company. Last time I checked he was the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture,” said Belliveau.
Belliveau has heard from fishers in Shelburne who are seeing hundreds, if not thousands, of escaped salmon around the wharves and even at sea. Fishers are concerned about the threat this may pose to wild salmon stocks, but have been advised by officials in the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans that they cannot remove the salmon and can only hook and release.
“At the moment, there seems to be no plan to address this threat to our wild salmon stocks. I have written the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister Colwell asking if temporary permits could be issued to fishers to allow them to help in the effort of removing these escaped salmon,” said Belliveau.
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