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« เมื่อ: กันยายน 09, 2007, 10:49:57 PM »

Source: Comox Valley Record                                             World News    8/09/2007 17:49:36

 
 Denman scallop expansion not popular with islanders?
 

Colleen Dane
The Denman Island local trust committee is testing the temperature of public feedback by dipping its toes before even wading into a rezoning proposal for the expansion of a deep-water scallop farm off its west coast.

 

Starting with the initial step of a public information meeting on the application, Islands Trust trustee for Denman Louise Bell, said they will get an idea of residents’ opinions on changing a marine conservation zone to aquaculture to allow the farm’s growth to 16 hectares.

 

“It’s not a requirement by the local government act but it’s a usual process here on Denman Island,” said Bell about the public meeting, which will be held before any draft amending bylaw is brought forward.

 

The application, by Island Scallops which already runs the existing tenure, was seen first by the Islands Trust local committee a year ago.

 

Questions about impacts, though, led trustees to ask for the environmental assessment and navigation reports to be completed before they considered moving forward with the application at all.

 

The proposal has since received both reports and approvals.

 

In fact, the Island Scallops proposal has received all of its other required permissions — something they’re happy to have done, said spokesperson Barb Bunting, so that the community can have the information it needs to comment on the proposal.

 

“We can take all this information to Denman Islanders,” said Bunting about feedback from groups like Transport Canada and the local First Nations. “There’s all these different agencies — they’ve already had a kick at the can, they’ve already reviewed it.”

 

The environmental assessment put forward requirements for mitigation measures to protect wildlife and habitat, water quality and other issues, as well as noting (but not investigating) the potential negative impact the project would have on the herring fishery — but ruled overall that it is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

 

It’s reports like that, which Bunting said she hopes will support their request in the eyes of Island residents.

 

In fact, it won’t, said Denman Island Marine Stewardship Committee chair Pat McLaughlin. That group is asking the local trust committee to not even waste its time with a meeting, saying that island residents have repeatedly voiced their disapproval of expanding shellfish operations on their shores.

 

“We think there’s already too much of the shellfish industry on the Baynes Sound side of Denman,” said McLaughlin. “We’ve had many public meetings about tenures and the community has come out wholeheartedly against expansion.”

 

They are concerned about protecting the natural environment of the islands, about the increased traffic and structures that would be added for the expanded project, navigational hazards and increased debris on their beaches.

 

Bell, the Islands Trust representative, said to assume everyone feels the same way would be irresponsible, and that a public information meeting will be a good preliminary step in a proposal that’s different than many aquaculture operations.

 

“I don’t ever think the community has one voice,” said Bell. “I think there’s a number of reasons why we should go to a community information meeting — this is different and in fact deserves full scrutiny.”

 

The public meeting has been tentatively scheduled for early in the week of Sept. 17 — but times and dates have not been confirmed.

 

For more information on the Island Scallops proposal, visit www.islandstrust.bc.ca.

 
Source or related URL: http://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com

 
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