What part of no don’t they understand?
I keep coming back to the basic question: why on Earth would we support and subsidize open-net pen fishing farming in Atlantic Canada?
It’s an incredibly simple question with an incredibly short answer: we should have nothing to do with feedlot aquaculture if we know what is good for us and our pristine coastal waters.
So I ask the second, related question: if we are supporting and subsidizing feedlot aquaculture, why is this so, more precisely? In this instance, I have two possible answers: either our decision-makers are incredibly stupid, or they have some other motivation.
I don’t consider them incredibly stupid - more likely misguided; and I am confident they aren’t favouring these desperate fish farm endeav- ours for some personal gain. So I am left utterly without explanation to explain our governmental inclination and wretched behaviour. I have been at a loss on this file for five years or more, come to think of it.
What I do know is this: feedlot aquaculture cannot be justified by anybody under any circumstances. It does not produce the jobs that the proponents claim. It does not produce the revenue for the province of Nova Scotia. It places in jeopardy our increasingly bountiful wild fisheries. It tells an international story of the end of pristine. It is one godforsaken YouTube video away from disaster for our seafood sector. On top of all this, it is not a healthy or an authentic protein. It is misrepresented at the supermarket seafood counters with shocking abandon. And it creates a waste from the net pens that is beyond all imaginable belief over a 16month production cycle. It’s bad. It’s actually very bad. And we should know better in this coastal dominant region.
Can you do some sort of an intervention with the decision-makers in government? Can we tell them this hurts consumers, taxpayers, fishers and coastal residents? Can we tell them we are playing with fire in a hot-wired international marketplace? Can we ask them respectfully but repeatedly that question from country singer Lorrie Morgan: what part of “no” don’t you understand exactly?
Stewart Lamont, managing director Tangier Lobster Company Tangier, N.S.