Fish farm deaths

The owners of a troubled fish farm in Shelburne were criticized by Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell yesterday. He also defended his department saying staff were not hiding anything about a massive fish kill in the pens.

At first it was reported as possible fish escapes…then Cooke Aquaculture said it experienced a higher than expected mortality rate because of a storm.

Colwell said his department initially didn’t realize how many fish died as there are always some deaths at aquaculture sites. He said Veterinarians were examining the site and wanted to wait for test results before going public with it.