Fish kills on P.E.I. should not be acceptable

Letter to the Editor – Journal Pioneer

The P.E.I. Watershed Alliance is disappointed but not surprised by the fish kill found last Monday in Clyde River. This is the seventh fish kill since 2011, and the Island has experienced more than 50 such events over the past few decades.

Despite efforts by various sectors, the frequency of fish kills has not declined over this time.

This did not come as a big surprise.

While there are individual landowners who have taken large measures to prevent these occurrences, in the big picture, we are only taking small steps in the right direction.

The problem is far from solved. Until the powers that be realize this and are willing to take steps to address it, we can expect more in the future.

Fish kills are not acceptable.

Our organization recognizes that solutions to fish kills and related issues can be complex, and one-size-fits-all legislation is not the answer. It is time for a serious, multi-sector discussion about how and when action will be taken to prevent fish kills and protect watercourses for all Islanders.

The P.E.I. Watershed Alliance is a non-governmental organization that aims to improve and protect the environmental quality of Prince Edward Island watersheds, for the benefit of all Island residents.

It helps Island watershed groups achieve their goals by promoting co-operation, serving their needs and providing a strong, united voice in addressing Island-wide watershed issues.

Dale Cameron, Chairman, P.E.I. Watershed Alliance

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