Dear Friends of Baynes Sound:
Do you realise that there is a new Application for raft aquaculture in Union Bay? If anyone wants to express his or her opinion against additional rafts in Baynes Sound, please do so by September 19th. Just a simple letter will suffice. (You can print out this Form and fill in your opinion and either email it or snailmail it.)
The proposed area for this rafts aquaculture is in an area which does not allow for rafts since it is Aquaculture-1. That in itself is the best reason not to allow for this tenure, in my opinion.
Secondly, I’m particularly against having even more rafts in Baynes Sound so I’ve put together a list of why rafts are the most despised industrial practice of the aquaculture industry when they are located anywhere near residential homes. Take a look!
Please take a few minutes to send in your letter today.
REASONS WHY RAFTS ARE THE MOST DEPISED INDUSTRIAL PRACTICE IN THE AQUACULTURE INDUSTRY:
- scenic views are destroyed – upland owners of rafts have their ocean views destroyed when the landscape becomes an industrial site (booms, storage of equipment, industrial equip such as generators, power washers etc.)
- noise pollution becomes a problem for upland owners (i.e. noise caused by power washers, generators, winches, booms). For example, power washers start at dawn even on Sundays and holidays and go all day. This noise pollution sounds like an float plane taking off over and over again as the decibel level keeps changing from a high to low pitch which can be really irritating.
- upland owners can suffer air pollution from the smell from the trays; power washing can smell horrid and stinky.
- there is a huge amount of debris pollution of plastic. Probably 80% of the plastic found washed up in Baynes Sound comes from the rafts such as lost trays. (Equipment is sometimes not secured well; and during storms equipment is strewn into the Sound; hanging columns are torn off and end up on the bottom of the Sound or washed ashore.)
- Styrofoam pollution is a huge issue when the flotation from the rafts breaks off and breaks apart into small pellets. Those pellets, sometimes referred to as “beads”, can be found all over our beaches. These pellets will NEVER break down and birds ingest the small round pellets, leaving them poisoned or starved. Any new floats are supposed to be encapsulated, but the encapsulation is easily penetrated, and there are thousands of the old rafts with the bare styrofoam chunks still in use. There is little or no enforcement to make sure that old styrofoam is no longer used.
- There is a loss of property value for upland owners of aquaculture rafts. If one is unlucky to have rafts anchored in front of one’s home, property values will devalue, making it very difficult to sell a home since no one wants to be living next to an noisy, smelly, ugly industrial site!
- There is a hazard and loss of area for navigation. Rafts create hazards for other user groups such as for log boom operators and boat operators especially in busy areas, particularly at dusk or in the dark. Rafts take up a lot of room and preclude riparian rights for anchorage, fishing, crabbing, etc.
- Loss of area for other industrial user groups whose gear and equipment will get hung up on raft structure and anchorage such as in the commercial herring industry, the Wild Harvest Association, Crabbers and Prawners, and other fishermen, as well as all recreational fishermen.
- There are serious environmental concerns such as rearing food in plastic, using anti-fouling agents on equipment and baskets, as well as the inevitable collection of garbage and effluent below the rafts.