Crysler resident discovers South Nation River fish kill

Seen in photo above; a dead carp found in Nation River near Crysler by local Pierre Thibault. Courtesy photo

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

CRYSLER — It was ‘bottoms up’ for a collection of fish found dead in and along the South Nation River this past weekend.

Pierre Thibault, a Crysler resident, was out on his boat when he came across more than 20 expired fish floating belly-side up in the river.

He counted 22 carcasses on just one side of the river, on a stretch starting near the Crysler lagoon and extending about two kilometres past the St. Albert bridge. “I counted mostly carp but a few pike and crappies” as well, mentioned Thibault.

According to South Nation Conservation (SNC) Sr. Fish and Wildlife Technician Naomi Langlois-Anderson, experts were sent out to investigate Thibault’s find, which was brought to the watershed authority’s attention. Upon arrival they found catfish, among the other species, floating in the water. They “unfortunately haven’t determined a cause” for their demise.

And while SNC staffers “didn’t see the numbers” counted in the original report on social media, Langlois-Anderson acknowledged the current possibly “flushed them out of the system” before they arrived.

SNC is “concerned” about the impact on other species living in the water as carp and catfish are generally “heartier” fish to begin with, explained the fisheries technician.

So far, SNC has no reports or sightings of any other species.

They are looking into the possibility of fish becoming stranded in that section of river after this spring’s high waters, and then dying off when dissolved oxygen levels decreased.

The matter has been reported to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) as well.

SNC advises that public inquiries about fish kills should be directed to the MOECC field office in Cornwall, the entity “investigating the situation.” Call that office at 613-933-7402.

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