The recurring Nightmare in Port Mouton Bay

Tom Sherman and Jan Pottie

2012, 08:48 minutes, colour, English


After lying fallow for nearly three years, Port Mouton Bay will have another active open pen fish farm. Ocean Trout Farms, a branch of Cold Water Fisheries (Ontario), plans on putting 300,000 rainbow trout in pens off Spectacle Island, Port Mouton Bay, Nova Scotia (site #835). The community opposes this fish farm and continues to conduct its own scientific research to prove the Bay is not suitable for open pen aquaculture. Clyde Fisher, retired fisherman and conservationist, observes the bottom near the pens, noting that eelgrass and Irish moss have begun to grow again since the area has been allowed to recover since August 2009. Recovery has been very slow to date and this new farm is a setback for the Bay and the community that opposes open pen aquaculture in its waters. This is video documentation from June 15, 2012.

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