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Aquaculture

NEW: Cermaq has scheduled four open house-style meetings in March (meeting posters are on the right). The first is Monday, March 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Chester Legion. The second is Tuesday, March 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the District #1 Community Centre. The third and fourth are Thursday, March 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hubbards Fire Hall.

With news of Cermaq looking at areas in Nova Scotia to base a potential aquaculture operation, we have heard from a number of residents and organizations. While the Municipality doesn't have jurisduction, we are a stakeholder in terms of development if an operation is approved by the Provincial Government. 

To help residents understand the issue, we have created this page to post links, presentations, and any other information that might be relevant.

Who is Cermaq?

Cermaq is an international company with salmon farming operations in Norway, Chile and Canada (BC). They are Canada's second largest salmon farming company with 28 licences on Vancouver Island. They received two Options to Lease from the Nova Scotia Government in October 2019 for the Mahone Bay and St. Margaret's Bay areas.

What is an Option to Lease?

An Option to Lease, issued by Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture, is not an aquaculture licence. It gives a company the option to explore the potential of establishing aquaculture sites within the areas of the Options to Lease. For these particular Options, Cermaq will collect data over a six-month period to determine if the select areas are suitable for salmon farming.

When is this happening?

Cermaq's data collection is in progress. 

Where is Cermaq looking?

Lunenburg County map
St. Margaret's Bay map

 

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