Hundreds of Salmon Trapped by NL Construction Project


The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, August 20, 2015 10:29AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 20, 2015 10:30AM EDT

COLINET, N.L. -- The Atlantic Salmon Federation says a construction project has trapped hundreds of wild Atlantic salmon in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The federation says construction of a fishway in Rocky River near Colinet is preventing at least 450 salmon from moving upriver to spawn.

Federation member Don Ivany says a plan to move the salmon should have been in place before construction started on the fishway earlier this summer.

The fishway won't be completed before the start of the salmon spawning season and Ivany says preventing the fish from spawning could be catastrophic.

Ivany says Fisheries and Oceans Canada is working to move the salmon but calls those efforts a case of too little, too late.