Welcome to the Cooperator’s web page on the debate over establishing an Eastern Shore Islands Marine Protected Area. Here you will find all of the Cooperator’s stories about MPAs, plus links to a selection of documents, podcasts, and videos from other sources that we believe are helpful in understanding the debate over the proposed Eastern Shore MPA. If you have a document that you think should be included, please email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced on March 22, 2018 that a 2,000 square km area off the Eastern Shore as a new “Area of Interest” (AOI) under the provisions of the Oceans Act Marine Protected Area (MPA) program. The proposal encompasses the waters around the 30km of islands between Clam Harbour and Mushaboom. Since then, a fierce struggle has emerged, birthing a new society, the Association of Eastern Shore Communities Practicing Environment and Historical Access (AESC-PEHA)that opposes going forward with the current MPA process. AESC-PEHA has held several well-attended meetings, and has plastered Highway 7 with large and small NO-MPA signs.The Eastern Shore Fisherman's Protective Association has also come out against the MPA as proposed by DFO.
Articles from the Eastern Shore Cooperator
Shore Fishermen Worry About Protected Areas
Eastern Shore Waters Selected for Federal Protection
No Take Zones Threaten Shore Fisheries
I feel this is going to take my life away”
DFO Advisory Committee Meets Amid Growing Opposition
MPA Proposal Taking on Water
MPA Struggle Grows More Intense
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Areas of Interest (AOI), and other measures—this page is a page of links to general information on MPAs, AOIs, and other ocean conservation activities. Contains links to publications, consultations, and videos, federal legislation and strategies, backgrounders, and more.
Eastern Shore Islands Area of Interest (AOI)—the overview page for the Eastern Shore Islands AOI, which includes the nearshore waters surrounding the dense archipelago on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia. The site stretches from Clam Bay near Jeddore Harbour to Barren Island near Liscomb Point and extends approximately 25 km from mainland in the Scotian Shelf bioregion.
"Proposed marine protected areas concern Nova Scotia fishermen," September 22, 2016, CBC. DFO oceans biologist Marty King tells CBC that DFO has already met at least 75 times with fishermen to discuss possible areas for MPAs and their concerns.
Province of Nova Scotia
"'Concern and confusion': Premier slams logic behind marine protected area choices," May 4, 2018, CBC. Premier Stephen McNeil opposes MPAs on the Eastern Shore at a meeting of the National Advisory Panel on Marine Portected Area Standards in Moncton.
Position of the Association for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore (APES) on the MPA
APES was formed in 2012 to fight the expansion of Open Pen Finfish Farms along the Eastern Shore. The organization defeated efforts to locate these fish farms.
Opinion: APES Position on the MPA, November, 2018, Eastern Shore Cooperator
NO Marine Protected Area Here
Facebook group associated with The Association of Eastern Shore Communities Practicing Environment and Historical Access (AESC-PEHA), a registered society whose members oppose continuing the current DFO consultation on establishing an Eastern Shore Islands MPA.
Eastern Shore Fisherman's Protective Association
ESFPA is a non-profit association representing in-shore fishermen from the Eastern Shore. The organization has been meeting with representatives of DFO about the AOI/MPA proposal for more than a year. On October 23, 2018, ESFPA notified DFO that it supported starting the entire MPA consultation process over again, driven by growing concerns about the potential impact of No Take Zones on in-shore fishing.
"MPA Chill Factor," Tim Keizer, Letter to the Editor, Chronicle Herald, November 15, 2018
Letter to Editor to the Eastern Shore Cooperator on the potential benefits of MPAs from Robert Tilden, Tangier.
Kelp Forests in Our Backyard, by Dal grad student Arieanna Balbar, published in the December, 2018 Eastern Shore Cooperator
On the Benefits of MPAs, by Dal biology professor Dr. Boris Worm, excerpts from his article, "Water Worlds" that was originally published in the November/December 2018 issue of Canadian Geographic.