Higher than average catfish deaths reported in Ottawa River

By Kieran Delamont, Ottawa Citizen, August 20, 2018

More dead catfish than usual are washing up on the banks of the Ottawa River east of the city, prompting the Ottawa Riverkeepers to monitor what it believes is higher bacteria levels in some parts of the river.

Reports have been coming in to the Ottawa Riverkeeper from around Hawkesbury, 110 kilometres east of Ottawa, that there have been more dead fish than in an average year. Mike Gasher, whose house backs on to the river near Hawkesbury, said that he returned home after some time away and found “quite a few (carcasses) along the shore. I think my neighbour counted eight or nine.

“It’s just a nuisance,” he said. “When they wash up on the shore, they really smell.”

The Ottawa Riverkeeper said that the organization is monitoring the situation.


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