One of the primary benefits cited by federal and provincial governments for encouraging aquaculture projects is the economic benefits.

Communities around Port Mouton Bay also recognize the need to foster economic development, potentially including aquaculture projects. However, any development project, including aquaculture, should not threaten our established and sustainable industries, the commercial wild catch fishery and tourism.

Tourism is vital to Queens County. It is the second largest industry in terms of employment. Manufacturing employs 1,160, followed by tourism at 600, and then forestry, fishing, agriculture and hunting industries at 395 1. In fact the Region of the Municipality of Queens Tourism has identified tourism as a "key industry for Queens County".2

With a sparse population and fewer man-made amenities, the region's unspoiled lake and river systems, and pristine coastline are cornerstones of the tourism strategy. See Region of Queens Tourism Web Site.

Large scale open cage fish farming in the Bay is not consistent with the vision of tourism for Queens. Among the reasons cited by the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality to oppose a second fish farm included: the negative impact to tourism, and risk to Port Mouton Bay's many beaches.

Tourism and Recreation in Port Mouton Bay

Prime tourist facilities and attractions in the bay include:

The Bay is renowned for its many white sand beaches:

In Port Mouton Bay tourists and locales enjoy a wide range of outdoor recreational activities such as: site-seeing tours, whale watching, kayaking, swimming, and saltwater recreational fishing. Sail boats, from around the world, frequently drop anchor in the Bay. See photo gallery of boats in the bay.

Recreational divers travel to the Bay to experience the Matthew Atlantic dive site. This fishing boat was scuttled in 1998 in order to create an artificial reef suitable for diving expeditions. See photos of the Matthew Atlantic by Kim Langille.

Open cage fish farming generates volumes of fish waste underneath the cages, and well beyond (See Below the Surface : What Divers have Discovered). The fish waste raises concern for:


We believe that preserving the natural state of our shoreline, especially the unique coastline of Port Mouton Bay, is where our tourism future lies. The value of a clean, unspoiled ocean coastline will only increase in the future.

Tourism and Port Mouton Bay

Sampling of the Tourism attractions and facilieties around the Bay.

Sampling of the tourism attractions and facilities, and beaches around the Bay.