For immediate release
26 July 2016
Green Party disappointed at news of yet another river kill
Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker is expressing dismay at the news today of a fish kill in the Clyde River following a recent heavy rain event.
“On PEI, sadly we have become accustomed to these sorts of periodic and catastrophic events, with fish kills occurring on an almost yearly basis for over 50 years now. The more accurate term for these events is river kills, for almost certainly whatever killed the fish has also devastated other aquatic life such as amphibians, invertebrates and insects,” said Bevan-Baker.
While we do not yet know the cause of this particular event, we have seen similar situations before where heavy rains are followed by a fish kill.
The Department of Communities, Land and Environment website states that:
Since 1962, there have been 51 documented fish kills on PEI that were either proven or suspected to have been caused by pesticides. In almost all recent cases, the product was applied prior to intensive rainfall events that washed the chemical into nearby streams.
“Once the investigation is complete and we have discerned the cause of this event, we must make changes to ensure that this does not happen again. We need to do better; this is unacceptable to all Islanders”, concluded Bevan-Baker.