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Canadian university professor accuses Nova Scotia Power of violating Fisheries Act by AARON BESWICK November 14,2017   |  Source: THE CHRONICLE HERALD

Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Nova Scotia Power have long known that the Annapolis tidal turbine kills significant numbers of fish.

As a result, Acadia University professor and former Fisheries and Oceans scientist Michael Dadswell is accusing Nova Scotia Power of being in violation of the Fisheries Act and the federal department of not enforcing it.

“Either (Fisheries and Oceans) does not pay attention to its own scientists or they have been in cahoots with Nova Scotia Power all these years to deny the extreme decimation of the Annapolis fish populations,” said Dadswell.

Section 35 of the Fisheries Act prohibits “the carrying on of a work, undertaking or activity that results in serious harm to fish that are part of or support a commercial, recreational or Aboriginal fishery.”

The act allows the fisheries minister to grant an exemption if the project will not impact the ongoing productivity or sustainability of fish populations.

Nova Scotia Power’s 20 megawatt turbine in the causeway crossing the Annapolis River has not been granted an exemption to allow it to kill fish.

When contacted by The Chronicle Herald last week to ask why, Fisheries and Oceans Canada stated in a written response: “The Department does not have any official reports of fish

 

© The Chronicle Herald

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