ISSUES: Dead Mink and Dead Herring: The locals speak out.

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My post Do Dead Mink and Dead Herring have something in common seems to have stirred the pot out there. The government and industry have disavowed any potential connection between the mink industry and problems in St. Mary’s Bay. This has resulted in a spirited exchange of information. You decide. Just click through to join the discussion here or over at Facebook.

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The president of the Nova Scotia Mink Breeders Association, Matt Moses, says theories of run-off from mink farms leading to the massive herring and marine life mortality in St. Mary’s Bay are “completely unfounded.” When asked about possible run-off from the large concentration of mink farms in Digb…
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Kevin Vickery a lot of “crap”!

 

Julie Bancroft
 
Julie Bancroft Where are the minkers disposing of their manure? Are they ALL transporting it to the “digester” or to spectacle lakewhen they are losing money, Or are they, composting on site? (Composting on site in NS means pile it up in the rain and letting it leachSee More
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Kevin Vickery
 
Kevin Vickery The last info I saw ( a few months ago) said there were still 17 mink ranches in Digby County that did not meet the regulations.
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Julie Bancroft
 
Julie Bancroft I read that too!

 

Ty Savoy
 
Ty Savoy Kevin Vickery Where did you see this Kevin ?

 

Art MacKay

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Julie Bancroft
 
Julie Bancroft I went to a farm practices meeting regarding a farm in Hectanooga. The neighbours asked for a hearing to discuss the stink, seagulls etc. The neighbours appeared with their letters and complaints, the minkers sent their lawyer. The lawyer said the neigSee More
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Bruce Gates
 
Bruce Gates Its got to be the minks easy for some people to say,and no one knows for sure. what about the back yard chickens, pigs cattle and pets,and O by the way what about all the septic systems we all have that that has to run some were, easy to Blame with out knowing for sure////Just SAYING////
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John Horton
 
John Horton No question about that, Bruce.Bruce Gates

 

Vanessa Pitman
 
Vanessa Pitman A few months back I saw someone post about a camp with an improper septic system that basically leached into Ogden…so if there’s one there’s definitely more aging systems on those lakes and rivers…
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Kevin Vickery
 
Kevin Vickery Tests that were done showed the highest concentration of pollutants were just below the mink farms….if pollution was from sources all along the water system the concentration would be higher downstream…although some folks don’t accept the results I believe the testing has shown most of the pollution is from the mink farms.
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Art MacKay

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Carlene MacDonald
 
Carlene MacDonald Hope you all read the article in The Chronicle Herald today page A3, Mink breeders deny link to fish deaths! Matt Moses remarks makes one wonder wonder what world he lives in. All the mink farm pollution has been proven, verified, and left devistatiSee More
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Ty Savoy
 
Ty Savoy I hope to heck that the market stays so low for a few more years. And the end of the mink farms here happens.

 

Art MacKay

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Julie Bancroft
 
Julie Bancroft Let me share some info from the scientist who did five years of water testing….The headwaters of a normal water system are always the cleanest…the water picks up pollutants on its way to the ocean…Our “headwaters are just the opposite, our headwSee More
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John Horton
 
John Horton ,……….” but I know lobsters and crabs flourish on waste products”…..Matt Moses suggests that mink waste products could be good for the lobster population..Surely supportive fishermen will go along with that, ..So how about building a pipeline from Hilltown straight to the ocean , eliminating all the river pollution that he claims never leaves the farm in the first place . Bullpucky!
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Ty Savoy
 
Ty Savoy He stumbled when he said that didn’t he John. In saying that he just about admitted the possibility that the other crap he said could have been just that. That they aren’t in compliance with the new regulations. We have no verification that they are.

 

John Horton
 

 

Art MacKay

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Art MacKay
 

Art MacKay I stand by my article! The author was going to reference it … but the editor nixed it. http://bayoffundy.ca/archives/8610

 

Art MacKay
 
Art MacKay Now check the sprays etc that are used on these farms … they also end up in the watersheds.
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John Horton
 
John Horton I fully endorse Art MacKay‘s article. He nailed it.Many thanks from.John Horton
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Dave Fowler
 
Dave Fowler I am at the understanding that in a lot of cases that the lakes along the 340 highway are starting to clean up in the last year. The fur farms are not producing the amount of minks that they use to.So does that mean less mink = less cleaning chemicals = less seeping into the water ways and the result is the water going back to it’s natural color ?
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Art MacKay
 
Art MacKay Sure, but it takes time for wastes to be reduced and any severe storms will add more of those nutrients to the watershed … with so many fish at the estuaries it may have been a “perfect storm”.
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Art MacKay
 
Art MacKay Also, if the farms that were shutting down this year skinned their inventory, those carcasses may have been added to the rendering sites … legal and otherwise. More waste for the system to absorb.
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Randy Deveau
 
Randy Deveau where did ya hear that dave i can show you pics that prove that aint the case
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Art MacKay
 
Art MacKay One would hope that’s the case.

 

Randy Deveau
 
Randy Deveau Art MacKay i have property on lake fanning and is just as bad as it was
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Julie Bancroft
 
Julie Bancroft Charles Robichaud says his property on Ogden was worse than ever…..
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Carlene MacDonald
 
Carlene MacDonald Lake Fanning looked like green cottage cheese last summer depending on the wind direction . As stated it was worse than ever.

 

John Horton
 
John Horton A lot of people see the raft of green scum on one shore , then think that when the wind changes the next day it has ‘disappeared’..
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Dave Fowler
 
Dave Fowler One of the guys at work lives on Lake Ogden. he said this year he saw a big difference in the water color for the better.
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Randy Deveau
 
Randy Deveau not in lake fanning and you are definitly gonna not notice a change overnight
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Dave Fowler
 
Dave Fowler didn’t take over night to get there, will not clean up over night.
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Art MacKay
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Art MacKay
 
Art MacKay I see an article where Boris Worm (Acadia) claims satellite images may show an alga bloom in St. Mary’s Bay around the end of November when the first kills took place. So something may have been in play there and over at Digby and Yarmouth.

 

Ty Savoy
 
Ty Savoy Do you have a link to the article ?

 

Art MacKay
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Art MacKay
 
Art MacKay Any ideas what else might cause high nutrient levels and an alga bloom.

 

Randy Deveau
 
Randy Deveau according to the mink farmers its a couple of shit houses and an old cemetary lol
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Art MacKay
 

Art MacKay This one?

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Philip Hurlburt
 
Philip Hurlburt Im no expert on this stuff and am by no means defending mink farms. The fack remains that we are all contributers to these problem. Old camps along water ways with insufficient sewer systems, govt, spraying millions of gallons of pesticide and herbicidSee More
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John Horton
 
John Horton Everythng you say is true Philip Hurlburt..I ‘spose a guy should just quit..but I don’t want to give up and have my kids call me a quitter. Lots of stuff wrong in our world…. but to me the worst is when you give your trust to a politician and find out that he has quietly betrayed you for his own greed…j
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Philip Hurlburt
 
Philip Hurlburt John Horton got a feeling we are all gonna be held responsible in the future. Thing is ,, the little guys are gonna feel it most, not the polititions or big business

 

Art MacKay

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Julie Bancroft
 
Julie Bancroft Another point to ponder…we had a drought this year..virtually no water running, extremely low levels. We still had algae blooms as far away from the source as Lake Vaughn. Dr Berlinski, the scientist who did the water testing for the first five years told me, if all mink farms disappeared overnight, it would take 75 years for the most polluted lakes to recover. Think about that…75 yrs.
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Art MacKay
 
Art MacKay I think this thread is getting to the good stuff … no pie in the sky here!!! So how can us folks around the Bay help you locals on all of this. We can sure keep it going online. We need help over here in NB as well … maybe its time we realized our family is really big?
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Ty Savoy
 
Ty Savoy Easy to start a Bay Facebook group.
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