Public consultation on proposed Pictou County aquaculture sites next week

Sueann Musick webcomments@ngnews.ca
Published on August 15, 2014
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PICTOU - The public will be able to have its say on proposed aquaculture sites for shellfish next week.

Krista Higdon, communications spokeswoman for the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture said a series of public meetings are being held to solicit feedback by local residents on proposed and existing aquaculture sites.

The public sessions are required by the government and involve mainly oysters

“The Department has gathered feedback from a variety of federal and provincial partners, and it is at this stage of the application process that we formally engage the public,” she said. “ All information gathered forms part of the file and is taken into consideration by the minister before a final decision is made.”

Meeting in Pictou County are scheduled for August 20, at the Caribou fire hall from 7 to 9 p.m in regards to two proposed sites in Caribou Harbour.  A second set of meetings at the Little Harbour Community Centre on August 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. involve amendments to two existing areas and applications for six new areas.

“What it means to Pictou County will be dependent on the final decision made the minister,” said Higdon. “If approved, it would mean new jobs, it could mean increased local processing and packing of product if the sites are issued.”

Written submissions will be accepted until August 19.  Each of the meetings will consist of presentations regarding the proposed sites under consideration followed by a question and answer session.

A sketch of the sites and further details are available on the Nova Scotia Fisheries website at www.novascotia.ca/fish/programs-and-services/industry-support-services/aquaculture/public-consultation/