Mystery surrounds Nova Scotia fish farm kill

10 Sep 2010

Canadian media report that government officials are still trying to account for the death of 500,000 fry at a commercial hatchery in Nova Scotia.

The hatchery, on West Barneys River, is close to the site of a fatal crash involving an oil tanker in August. It's estimated that up to 38,000 litres of waste oil spilled into the river, not far from the hatchery's fresh water source. After the spill, the hatchery tapped into another, untainted branch of the river for fresh water. Fish worth up to $900,000, belonging to Cooke Aquaculture, are believed to have died last weekend.

However, Nova Scotia's Environment Minister told reporters that weather events such as last week's record hot temperatures and Hurricane Earl may have also played a part in the fish kill.

Last month, Environment Canada said that no dead fish were found during three visits since the spill.

 

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