Sea Cucumbers – Friends of Baynes Sound
By Bon Thorburn 2 days ago ·
I attended the July 11th meeting of the Friends of Baynes Sound at the Fallen Alders Hall in Royston. I was asked twice to leave because I was not against sea cucumbers. The ‘public’ meeting was only for those who were against the proposed sea cucumber tenures. However, I stayed and heard an interesting speech from a retired pediatrician, Dr. David Batel sp?, who gave a talk on the topic, “Are Sea Cucumbers from Baynes Sound safe to eat?”. His professional opinion was – In Canada, 1 in 6 children have development disorders probably caused by the chemicals they ingest in Canada. He noted that many poisonous chemicals and pesticides from all the septic systems, the sewage outfall at Cape Lazo, the Cumberland dump, all the farms and industries in the area, leach into the groundwater and then into Baynes Sound. Sea cucumbers eat these poisons. His closing statement was “Is it safe to eat sea cucumbers from Baynes Sound?” and followed it with an emphatic “NO!” This received a hearty ovation from the 100 attendees. This silly false scare mongering must stop. I live in Deep Bay, am an active boater and a volunteer coast guard auxiliary member. I am a friend of Baynes Sound. Our sea cucumbers are the garden worms of the oceans. They purify all the chemical wastes that they ingest and leave a nutritious sea garden bed. They are our ecological angels. Furthermore, The Canadian Food Inspection Agency regularly tests the waters of our Baynes Sound under the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program. For confirmation, please visit http://www.inspection.gc.ca . Sea cucumbers, oysters, fish and other aquatic species from Baynes Sound are usually safe to eat, except shellfish during red tides. Sea cucumbers are Friends of Baynes Sound.Bon Thorburn
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