Third incident of dead fish found in Lièvre River.
According to Quebec Forests, Wildlife and Parks, a team was dispatched Monday to investigate how approximately 1,000 dead fish ended up on the banks of the Lièvre River in Gatineau.This is the third wave of dead fish found in the last month.MJ Proulx, Ottawa Riverkeeper’s watershed network director, confirmed the reports of dead fish in the area and said they will continue to monitor the situation.“We were on site yesterday doing water-sampling and we’re waiting for those results,” Proulx said.Wildlife officials said on Tuesday tests were conducted after Monday’s incident and although the results are unknown, the department predicts it is a case of intoxication and not infectious disease.Quebec’s wildlife ministry previously conducted about a dozen necropsies on fish found floating on July 8 near the confluence of the Lièvre and Ottawa rivers, at Masson-Angers, and further downstream.The Ottawa Riverkeeper reported the previous ministry tests found no sign of infectious disease, suggesting a toxin introduced into the river caused the sizeable die-off. Tests have yet to discover what toxin it might have been or when and where a spill might have occurred.“The speed at which large quantities of fish were killed points to a fast-acting substance, but, until test results are in, it is impossible to pinpoint the start of the incident,” a Riverkeeper spokesperson said in a previous interview.The Riverkeeper recommended anglers practise catch-and-release until the situation is clarified.Sylvain Lamoureux, deputy director of the local ferry service Traversier Bourbonnais, said the dead-fish smell has become problematic. Lamoureux said he discovered over 100 dead fish on Monday, mostly carp and catfish.“It’s crazy,” he said. “The second time wasn’t too bad, but now it’s the third time, I think the fish are bigger.”Lamoureux said after 56 years of business in Masson-Angers his organization has never dealt with this type of situation.“We’ve been in business since 1963 and we’ve never seen this,” he said.– With files from Gary Dimmock ALSO IN THE NEWS:Analysis: Why Ontario’s government of rapid-fire change might alter its approachFireflies are flooding Ottawa with light this summerProvince delays cuts to long-term care after pushback