Carleton fish expert skeptical of Quebec fish die-off explanation

By Luke Carroll, Ottawa Citizen, August 2, 2019

Despite assurances from Quebec authorities this week that they have found “the most likely cause” of multiple die-offs of fish in Masson-Angers, an Ottawa-area fish expert remains skeptical.

The Quebec ministry of environment posted on Facebook on Thursday that the death of hundreds of fish was likely related to operations of the Brookfield hydro plant in Gatineau, but Steven Cooke, a fish expert and professor at Carleton University, says he doesn’t believe that to be the case.

“I’m having a big issue on putting a finger on a mechanism in which this hydro power facility could be killing this fish,” Cooke said Friday. “On the surface, it makes no sense.”

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