Fisherman Concerned About Donkin Seismic Testing
A Glace Bay fisherman says he’s worried seismic testing at the Donkin Mine poses a threat to the fishery in the area.
Herb Nash is President of the Glace Bay Harbour Authority and the 4VN Groundfish Management Board.
He says lobster and snowcrab eggs were killed when similar testing was done in waters off Donkin in the 1970’s, and he adds it took years for the fishery in the area to recover.
Kameron Coal has been given approval to use sound waves to survey an area it’s leased off Glace Bay, and the testing is expected to be carried out over a period of two weeks.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the fishery won’t be affected because the testing is short term and small scale.
Kameron isn’t commenting on the tests, except to say it’s consulting with some of those concerned.
A public meeting on the matter is scheduled for 7 o’clock tonight at the Donkin Fire Hall.