Committee Providing Advice to Government

Fisheries and Aquaculture

October 21, 2015 2:30 PM

A recently formed committee of community, First Nations, industry, and municipal government representatives is providing advice on regulating aquaculture in Nova Scotia.

The 13-member advisory committee met with Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell three times this summer to offer feedback on regulating aquaculture development in Nova Scotia.

"I want to thank the members of the committee for agreeing to offer their advice and experience as we develop a new approach to regulating aquaculture in Nova Scotia," said Mr. Colwell. "With their input to the regulations being drafted we can ensure the industry develops into an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable industry."

The committee members are:
-- Bernie Berry, Coldwater Lobster Association, Yarmouth
-- Paul Budreski, Aqua Delights Seafood Ltd., Halifax Regional Municipality
-- Christopher Clarke, mayor, Region of Queens Municipality
-- Lisa Dahr, Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality
-- David Gray, Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture, Truro
-- Nell Halse, Cooke Aquaculture
-- Bruce Morrison, warden, Municipality of the County of Victoria
-- Chief Terrance Paul, Membertou First Nation
-- Raymond Plourde, Ecology Action Centre, Halifax Regional Municipality
-- Carl Purcell, Nova Scotia Salmon Association, Chester
-- Lloyd Robicheau, lobster harvester, Lobster Fishing Area 32, Three Fathom Harbour, Halifax Regional Municipality
-- Edgar Samson, Premium Seafoods Group, Arichat, Richmond Co.
-- Tom Smith, Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality

The development of new regulations responds to the Auditor General's June 2015 report and the advice contained in the report of the aquaculture regulatory review by the Doelle-Lahey panel.

The committee will continue to provide advice as implementation of aquaculture regulations proceeds.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

A thirteen-member advisory committee of community, First

Nations, industry and municipal government representatives is

providing advice on regulating aquaculture development in Nova

Scotia.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell says

the input provided ensures the industry develops into an

economically, environmentally and socially sustainable industry.

     The committee will continue to provide advice as

implementation of aquaculture regulations proceeds.

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Media Contact: Krista Higdon
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                Email: Krista.Higdon@novascotia.ca