February 12, 2019; Liverpool, NS: Over the course of several months, and with data gathered by staff and input submitted by local residents, Region of Queens Municipality’s Council has compiled a list of 24 questions to send to Kelly Cove Salmon Limited concerning the proposed expansion plans for Liverpool Bay. The list of questions was approved at the February 12, 2019 Regular Council meeting, and the letter to be sent to Kelly Cove Salmon Limited requests that the questions and correspondence accompany the company’s aquaculture application, should they choose to apply to expand create a new operation in the Bay.
“Council has heard discussion, received letters and emails from the local residents and seasonal residents, has consulted with provincial representatives from Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, reviewed scientific data, and a presentation by representatives of Kelly Cove Salmon Limited. The list of questions we are sending them will inform the process undertaken by the Aquaculture Application Review Board,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. On September 7, 2018, Kelly Cove Salmon Limited applied for and received a six month scoping Option for Liverpool Bay from Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
To better understand the entire aquaculture licensing process, and how best to have meaningful input, in December 2018, most members of Council met with representatives of Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. They learned that the new aquaculture application process is completely external to the Minister, and that any correspondence with the minister will not have an impact on the process. The Aquaculture Review Board is a separate entity, bound by the terms and processes of their Board; detailed scientific and technical data is a requirement. Public opposition or support of an application may also be submitted to the proponent during the Option period, or to the Review Board once they receive the application.
The list of 24 questions compiled by the Region of Queens Municipality will begin the process of understanding the scientific data currently available, and the potential impacts. Responses to the questions provided by Kelly Cove Salmon Limited will effect a more informed Aquaculture Review Board, should the company submit an application. The questions were reviewed with a local ad hoq committee who is opposed to the proposed expansion of aquaculture in Liverpool Bay. They declined to partner with the Municipality in the submission of questions.