Shellfish lines damaged in Brudenell River

Jocelyne Lloyd
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Mussels growing on underwater lines

A company on the Brudenell River has complained to RCMP that six of its shellfish lines have been cut over the past two weeks.

Kings District RCMP is investigating and officers say they don't know if the lines were damaged deliberately or by accident.

"There are clearly visible markers showing the location of these lines," states a news release from the detachment, "and the RCMP are asking boaters to stay well away from the areas where they are located."

RCMP are also asking the public to call if they see anyone tampering with shellfish lines or driving over them in any type of watercraft, whether on purpose or accidentally.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Brudenell River

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  • open up the waterways
    July 30, 2014 - 08:23

    If people want to grow mussels through aquaculture - do it in tanks on land on their own private property. The waterways are public and every square inch of them should be free to navigate by every citizen without running into buoys.

  • wallace
    July 29, 2014 - 17:59

    There is no excuse for this kind of damage. But as others have mentioned, it seems that you cannot cast the eye anywhere without seeing the shell fish farms marring up the waterways. I would like to know if these 'earthless farms' pay to lease these waters or how does that go? A famer has to buy land and pay taxes,(however small) on those lands, as does any businessman on his business properties. Somebody, - what kind of fee is paid to the taxpayers by the shellfishers???

  • Elizabeth
    July 29, 2014 - 10:00

    I too hope it was not intentional but the Brudenell has far too many mussels lines and it has become very difficult to maneuver and enjoy the river as we once did. I second the moratorium. Who is deciding how many should be allowed and how it affects us all?

  • Elizabeth
    July 29, 2014 - 09:59

    I too hope it was not intentional but the Brudenell has far too many mussels lines and it has become very difficult to maneuver and enjoy the river as we once did. I second the moratorium. Who is deciding how many should be allowed and how it affects us all?

  • Jim Evans
    July 28, 2014 - 16:57

    I'm not condoning interference, but really: enough already, our waterways are becoming choked with these shellfish farms. The public apparently has no say in where they go, or how many there are. Lets see a moratorium on new shellfish farms around our island.

  • Waterways Should Be Enjoyed By All
    July 28, 2014 - 16:41

    I would never condone the destruction of someone else's property however, it is sad that a few people have a legal right to plug up and otherwise ruin so many of our waterways.