A future land sale of a provincial asset is expected to generatebenefits for people living in Southwest Nova Scotia. Justice Minister Michael Baker announced today, May 3, thatownership of the former Shelburne youth correctional facilitywill be transferred to the Southwest Shore Regional DevelopmentAuthority (RDA) along with funds to maintain the facility, underthe direction of Team Shelburne. The development authority willthen sell the property. The proceeds of the sale, combined withany unused portion of the maintenance fund, will be combined in afund to be used for economic development initiatives in ShelburneCounty. “We are turning provincial land into an asset for the people ofShelburne County,” said Mr. Baker. “I want to thank all of themunicipal leaders for their determination and vision in makingthis initiative happen.” “This is a wonderful opportunity for future development in eachof the municipalities in the county,” said Team Shelburne chair,and municipal warden, Paulette Scott. “Once the facility is sold,the resulting funds will allow each municipality the flexibilityto access funds to develop their own projects.” “I want to thank the members of Team Shelburne, particularly MLACecil O’Donnell, for their assistance, encouragement and supportfor this initiative and economic development in the region,” saidFrank Anderson, executive director of the regional developmentauthority. “I am so very pleased that the sale of the facilitywill be handled locally. Working with Team Shelburne, I amconfident the RDA will effectively handle the sale, and ensurethe best future use of the facility.” The details of the land transfer are being finalized. Mr. Bakersaid the province will provide a $600,000 fund, enough tomaintain the site for a two-year period.
Salmon catches on Scotland’s rivers fell to their lowest level since records began last year, sparking calls for the preservation of the species to become a national priority.Fisheries Management Scotland said official figures to be released by the Scottish Government on Wednesday would confirm that Atlantic salmon are at a “crisis point”.Rod and line catches are believed to have been lower than since records began in 1952, after a disastrous year on famous rivers, including the Tay, the Tweed and the Spey.Alan Wells, chief executive of FMS, which represents the country’s district salmon fishery boards, said: “Figures for 2018, taken together with those of recent years, confirm this iconic species is now approaching crisis point.”Some of the factors impacting on wild salmon stocks may be beyond human control.”But Scotland’s Government and regulatory authorities now have a historic opportunity to do everything in their power to safeguard the species in those areas where they can make a difference.” Anglers gathered at the start of a new season on the Tay this year more in hope than expectationCredit:Jeff Mitchell/Getty He added: “Salmon conservation must become a national priority in what is the International Year of the Salmon.”We are calling on all regulatory authorities urgently to place a renewed emphasis on the crucial importance of salmon conservation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Andrew Graham-Stewart, of Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland, said ministers needed to act now to protect salmon and sea trout from the impacts of salmon farming. “There are many examples where positive interventions have already helped, but more must be done.”Mr Wells said ministers and agencies needed to co-ordinate efforts to protect salmon in a way that was currently not happening.In 2017, the total rod catch was put at 49,444 fish, a drop of 20 per cent on the five-year average and the fourth lowest figure on record. Nine out of 10 fish were returned in a bid to help stocks.According to the Atlantic Salmon Trust, wild salmon and sea trout numbers are being “decimated” on their annual migration from Scottish rivers to the waters of Greenland and the Norwegian Sea.For every 100 salmon that leave rivers for the sea, less than five return, marking a decline of nearly 70 per cent in salmon numbers in just 25 years.The trust has launched a project to track young salmon (smolts) going to sea for the first time in bid to learn what happens to them on the journey.Causes for the drop in numbers are thought to include global warming affecting the feeding grounds in the North Atlantic and over fishing at sea. In Scotland’s west coast rivers, the drop in numbers has also been blamed large concentrations of parasitic sea lice in coastal salmon farms.