Tom Sherman

  1. On June 21, 2012, Ocean Trout Farms put some of 350,000 trout smolts in the Spectacle Island pens (site #835). This video document, made by Tom Sherman and Jan Pottie, shows how this open pen fish farm in Port Mouton Bay, Nova Scotia, is stocked.

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  2. Karen Crocker from the St. Mary's Bay Coastal Alliance fires up the crowd at a protest in Port Mouton, Nova Scotia on June 9, 2012. The protest was organized to protest Ocean Trout Farm''s decision to stock Site #835 with 300,000 trout the week of June 11, 2012. Port Mouton Bay had been free of farmed fish since August 2009.
    Video by Tom Sherman

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  3. On June 9th, 2012, the community opposed to open pen fish farming in Port Mouton Bay came together to protest. They met at the government wharf in Port Mouton, a village in Queens County, Nova Scotia. Ocean Trout Farms, a branch of Cold Water Fisheries (Ontario), announced it is putting 300,000 trout in a open pen farm just off Spectacle Island (site #835). Port Mouton Bay was slowly recovering from 15 years of open pen trout and salmon aquaculture following Cooke Aquaculture's removal of farmed fish from the site in August 2009. Despite science that proves that this Bay is not suitable for open pen aquaculture and community and local government's objections, fish farming is being reintroduced to Port Mouton Bay with the support of the NDP Provincial Government. Darlene Norman, Municipal Councillor; Bob Swim, lobster fisherman; and Ron Loucks, oceanographer, speak at the protest.

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  4. After lying fallow for nearly three years, unfortunately Port Mouton Bay will have another active open pen fish farm. Ocean Trout Farms, a branch of Cold Water Fisheries (Ontario), plans on putting 300,000 rainbow trout in pens off Spectacle Island, Port Mouton Bay, Nova Scotia (site #835). The community opposes this fish farm and continues to conduct its own scientific research to prove the Bay is not suitable for open net aquaculture. Clyde Fisher, retired fisherman and conservationist, observes the bottom near the pens, noting that eelgrass and irish moss has begun to grow again since the area has been allowed to recover since August 2009. Recovery has been very slow to date and this new farm is a setback for the Bay and the community that opposes open pen aquaculture in its waters. Video by Tom Sherman and Jan Pottie, June 15, 2012.

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Tom Sherman

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Tom Sherman is an artist and writer who authors all manner of texts. He works in video, audio, radio and internet forms. He is a professor in Syracuse University's Department of Transmedia. He splits his time between Syracuse, New York and Port Mouton Bay, on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

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