Tag Archives: Keith Colwell

Fish farms a necessity: minister – It’s time to get this crap out of the water and into industrial parks

colwellFarmed fish are here to stay as wild fish stocks have come under increasing pressure worldwide, says Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. Colwell responded Thursday to a federal audit tabled before parliament that warned the Department of Fisheries and Oceans had not yet crafted a plan to restore 12 of 15 wild fish stocks deemed to be in critical condition. “The real issue is we don’t have enough wild fish stocks. We’re probably fishing worldwide to the maximum it can be,” Colwell told the Chronicle Herald Thursday. Read the story here

The Minister is using fear monger tactics to push open pen aquaculture as the savior of humanity, but, at what cost? If this is as he say’s, and he cares about environmental issues, there is only one answer, and it is to remove this industry from the ocean and into enclosed facility’s on land in industrial parks that keep wild fish segregated from the chemicals and waste generated by this industry. Large concrete tanks with the ability to treat the waste is the only answer. Cooke Aquaculture seems to have plenty of money to buy into fishery’s in the US, and other country’s while they wreak havoc on area’s that they conduct their business, perhaps they should invest in enclosed land based fish farms. Perhaps the Minister should do the right thing instead of boosting profits and environmental destruction for the open pen aquaculture industry. 10:48

N.S. committee to work on system for tracking escaped farmed salmon

Nova Scotia now has a committee to develop a system to track escaped farmed salmon. “This is a first step where government, industry and wild Atlantic salmon conservation groups are working together to develop a system to trace the paths of escaped farmed salmon from the cage to the river. “Escapees are a worldwide concern wherever there are marine salmon farms,” chair Carl Purcell of the Nova Scotia Salmon Association, said in a news release issued Tuesday. “Nova Scotia can become a world leader in this field and develop a tracing system that could be used globally.” Read the article here 15:54

Nova Scotia: Proposed five cent lobster levy is out of bounds says MLA

“I honestly don’t know where Keith Colwell gets off thinking he can impose a five cent a pound tax on lobster without getting the approval of the industry first,” says Belliveau. “Lobster fishers have fought hard to maintain their independence and Minister Colwell has no right to impose anything on them without first getting their permission.” Read more here 18:49