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Smolts and Kelts Die at Bishops Falls on Exploits River

 

THE TELEGRAM

Hundreds of salmon perish at Bishop’s Falls dam on Exploits River

NL Hydro dealing with trapped fish, says spokespersons

Randy Edison editor@advertisernl.ca

GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL - There are annual challenges to Atlantic salmon making their way along the Exploit’s River, and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro has grown accustomed to dealing with them.    


An incident in May at the Bishop’s Falls dam proves, however, that the company and its partners haven’t perfectly figured it out.

“We take our stewardship responsibility for the fish and their habitat on the river seriously, and we have been an active partner in developing the salmon industry on the Exploits River,” Erin Squires, Hydro’s manager of communications, confirmed for the Advertiser in an email Friday.

“Hydro’s goal on the Exploits River is to manage water levels effectively to optimize energy generation while also ensuring safe, environmental practices along the river,” she added.

“That is why it is with regret that we confirm that on Sat., May 27th an incident occurred which resulted in the loss of approximately 60 kelt and 840 smolt.

“Hydro takes this incident and the loss of any fish very seriously. We immediately advised necessary stakeholders and are completing an investigation into this incident.

“A number of kelt currently remain in the power canal at the Grand Falls Plant; this is an annual occurrence. We are working through our normal processes with the regulator to identify the appropriate means to allow these kelt to move downstream.

 “We are working through our normal processes with the regulator to identify the appropriate means to allow these kelt to move downstream.

“Hydro recognizes that the tourism, fishing, and recreational activities on the Exploits River system are part of the fabric of this river,” the statement added.

“We have always been and will continue to be committed to working with stakeholders on the fish enhancement program and the protection of fish habitat on the river.”

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