More Industry for the waters of Baynes Sound?
April 9, 2016
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More industry for the waters of Baynes Sound?
More industry for the waters of Baynes Sound? Despite:
- Recent recommendations for further global expansion of marine protected areas pursuant to the United Nations State of the Oceans Report.
- Commitment by Prime Minister Trudeau’s government “To increase the proportion of Canada’s marine and coastal areas that are protected” (Mandate letter to Minister of Fisheries & oceans)
- In a recent study by Vancouver Island University, “Baynes Sound Opinion Survey on Shellfish Aquaculture”, the response to the statement “There should be more shellfish aquaculture in Baynes Sound” (p. 17) was a strong majority against: 61% disagree + strongly disagree, plus 27% not sure. Only 11% agreed or strongly agreed with the statement.
- Backed by unprecedented public response, representation by FOBSS was made to the Board of the Comox Valley Regional District some 3 years ago; we requested the establishment of marine parks/ protected areas in the 10% of Baynes Sound Shoreline not yet committed to aquaculture. We have yet to see action.
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