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Press conference Feb 17th in opposition to proposed federal aquaculture regulations

On Tuesday, Feb 17th at 10am, a number of organizations and groups will be gathering at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to hold a press conference discussing proposed changes to the Fisheries Act that would allow aquaculture operations to release powerful pesticides and other potentially damaging chemicals in to Canada’s aquatic environments, and take the enforcement of these regulations out of the hands of Environment Canada, placing it instead in the hands of Health Canada which has no mandate to protect the environment. 

When:

Tuesday, February 17th at 10 AM AST

Where:

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Small Craft Gallery

Why: 

NS Business leaders, commercial and recreational fishing associations, scientists, lawyers and environmentalists are calling on Prime Minister Harper to halt the implementation of the proposed Aquaculture Activities Regulations, whose full text can be found here: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/acts-lois/rules-reglements/rule-reglement06-eng.htm

The following individuals, representing the 120 signatories to the open letter will speak:
 
Stewart Lamont, Managing Director, Tangier Lobster
 
Maria Recchia, Executive Director, Fundy North Fishing Association
 
Dr. Bill Ernst, retired, Environment Canada toxicologist
 
Dr. Susanna Fuller, Marine Conservation Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre
 
Proposed Aquaculture Activity Regulations
http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/acts-lois/rules-reglements/rule-reglement06-eng.htm


A review of potential environmental risks associated with the use of pesticides to
treat Atlantic salmon against infestations of sea lice in Canada

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Csas-sccs/publications/resdocs-docrech/2014/2014_002-eng.pdf

 

We will also be live tweeting from the event starting at 10AM. You can follow @EcologyAction and join in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #keepitclean.

 

For more information call 902-483-5033 or email marine@ecologyaction.ca

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