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New Brunswick sets eyes on ‘mountainous’ potential of tidal power

The Bay of Fundy, known for its immense tidal range, is being called the Mount Everest of tidal power.

Port of Saint John CEO Jim Quinn made the comparison on Monday at New Brunswick’s first Tidal Power Summit being held in Saint John.

Recently, a lot of tidal power focus has been on Nova Scotia, but officials say more needs to be done on the New Brunswick side of the bay.

“Maybe we’re a little bit down the road before we’ll see actual tidal generation taking place in the Bay of Fundy, but we’ve got an opportunity right here on our doorstep to do some of the work to support it,” Natural Resources Minister Rick Doucet said.

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Tidal power could be game changer, fishery concerns to be addressed, Hanf says

YARMOUTH -- The head of Nova Scotia Power says he is confident that tidal energy developers will be able to address concerns raised by the fishing industry.

Speaking to the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce, Bob Hanf, Nova Scotia Power’s president and CEO, said the energy potential of the Bay of Fundy could make it a “game-changing resource.”

He acknowledged too the importance of the fisheries, “so it’s important that all stakeholders have the opportunity to be fully consulted and heard, which is why Emera (which owns Nova Scotia Power) has slowed things down a bit to have conversations with fishermen.”

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Mi’kmaq say Bay of Fundy developments could harm endangered fish

In Nova Scotia, people are concerned about the impacts of big projects on endangered fish in one of the world’s most famous waterways.

Two projects are being considered by the province on the Bay of Fundy.

Its high and low tides are also home to a number of fish that are on the endangered species list.

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