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Canada Plan to kill invasive fish in New Brunswick watershed delayed until next year

20:45  22 september  2021
20:45  22 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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FREDERICTON — Efforts to eradicate invasive smallmouth bass from New Brunswick's Miramichi watershed have been put on hold until next year.

a person holding a fish © Provided by The Canadian Press

A working group has approval from Health Canada to use a product known as rotenone to kill the fish in Miramichi Lake, Lake Brook and along nearly 14 kilometres of the Southwest Miramichi River.

Over 120 people and supplies were in place for the operation in mid-August, but protesters in canoes refused to leave the area.

A number of meetings have been held with four Maliseet First Nations to answer questions about the plan.


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Officials say it is now getting too late in the year, and the best choice is to delay the project until 2022.

Smallmouth bass, which were first spotted in the Miramichi watershed in 2008, can alter ecosystems by preying on native species of fish.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2021.

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