Belliveau calls for improved monitoring around tidal development

May 27, 2016

272For Immediate Release

May 27, 2016

NDP Energy Critic Sterling Belliveau is calling on the McNeil Government to ensure that baseline monitoring data is improved before allowing turbines to be deployed as part of the push to develop tidal energy in the Bay of Fundy.  Belliveau is concerned that without such data, it will not be possible to determine the future impact of turbines, once deployed.  His comments come on the heels of the release of a report by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which concludes that up to this point, baseline monitoring is insufficient to provide a thorough understanding of the marine environment in question.

“Our caucus supports tidal energy development, but it must be done in a responsible manner.  I am concerned that there is a current lack of baseline understanding about the marine environment around potential deployment sites.  Of particular concern to me is understanding possible effects on shellfish larvae, who spend their time at the top of the water column and whose movements are greatly affected by the tides,” Belliveau said.

Belliveau, who is also Fisheries critic, wants the McNeil government to ensure fishers in the area are adequately engaged and consulted before moving ahead with tidal development.  He says, “Those in the fishing industry have long-supported co-existence in our waters.  However, at this point, it is clear that fishers who stand to be potentially impacted the most from tidal energy development have concerns that need to be addressed.”


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