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Madeleine Robinson records a measurement on dead fish at the Dave Bigger Memorial Interpretive Centre in Carleton Tuesday morning. Volunteers gathered the eight trout in a short section of stream between Bloomfield Park and the bridge on the Gaspe road in Howlan. Co-ordinator of the Trout River Watershed Group, Dale Cameron, is waiting for the OK from Provincial and Federal officials to continue the cleanup on the remaining several kilometres of stream.
Mike Redmond, leader of the New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island, is asking Environment Minister Janice Sherry for an update on two fish kills under investigation since late July.
“On July 29, the government announced that its officials were investigating two fish kills in western Prince Edward Island, one on the Mill River and one on the Trout River,” said Redmond. “That was a month ago and so it is time for Minister Sherry to update the Island public on these investigations.”
The government did not state a timeframe for these investigations but did say it could take “weeks” for results of tests to be analyzed, he said.
“For the Trout River, this was the third year in a row that significant fish kills were reported,” said Redmond.
He also wants an update on how things are progressing towards an overall comprehensive watershed management plan for the province.
The NDP is seeking signatures on a petition calling for action on a 2007 report about watershed protection.
“The neglect and weakness of both Conservative and Liberal governments on watershed management over the last several decades has been shameful,” said Redmond.