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Monday, November 16, 2015

16/11/2015: CBC News: Nova Scotia Aquaculture regulations criticised for lack of transparency in report

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/aquaculture-regs-less-transparent-says-report-1.3316911
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A legal analysis released Thursday of Nova Scotia's new aquaculture regulations says the overhaul is a step forward but fails to deliver the openness and transparency needed to restore public confidence in fish farms, CBC News Nova Scotia reports.

"I don't think the regulations go far enough," said Aaron Ward, executive director of East Coast Environmental Law, a charitable organisation that provides legal advice on environmental issues.

The group was a paid adviser on the so-called Doelle-Lahey report, which was an independent panel led by Dalhousie University law professors Bill Lahey and Meinhard Doelle.

The panel spent two years reviewing the way Nova Scotia leases, licenses and manages fish farms. Portions of its December 2014 report — which called for greater transparency — were incorporated in the McNeil government's new aquaculture regulations released in October.

The East Coast Environmental Law analysis calls the new regulations "a skeleton that follows the basic approach put forward by Doelle-Lahey, but lacks substance in key areas of planning, transparency and effectively addressing ministerial discretion."

Read the full article HERE.

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