Recommendations from the Advisory Planing Committee to the regional district:
P. RUTGERS / B. LIVESEY: THAT the Area ‘A’ advisory planning
commission recommend that the Comox Valley Regional District directors
request staff to obtain scientific information (documentation) to
determine that this proposed application does not negatively affect
other shellfish tenures and overall sustainability of Baynes Sound;
AND THAT the potential community impacts of the proposal be adequately
The Comox Valley Regional District has just announced a Public Hearing to take place on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7PM regarding changing the zoning of the aquatic crown area from AQ-1 to AQ-2 in the area of southern Union Bay.Please note that if this zoning is approved, then aquaculture rafts will now be allowed in this area of Union Bay near Muschamp Road. For example, a pending aquaculture application filed by Kao Ping Kang which is for 30 additional rafts plus mooring lines, navigational markers and anchor blocks for the scallop and oyster industry could be allowed to go forward if this zoning is changed.
Over 90% of Baynes Sound is under aquaculture tenure. Many residents have declared “enough is enough” aquaculture in Baynes Sound! Over the last several years, aquaculture has expanded dramatically in our area, according to the Deep Bay Marine Field Research Station, even though the last Management Plan in 2002 acknowledged that we may have already hit the threshold of ecological carrying capacity.If you can’t attend the Hearing, please submit a written Submission by Monday, June 16th at 4:30PM as per the Hearing Notice. Attached find a list of reasons why rafts are despised by local residents.Please put June 16th on your calendar and be sure to prepare a Submission.
REASONS WHY RAFTS ARE THE MOST DESPISED INDUSTRIAL PRACTICE IN THE
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
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
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
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.