Government investigates fish kill in western P.E.I.
Rich DeStefano, 30, of Old Forge, Pa. waits for a bite at Lackawanna State Park in North Abington Township, Pa. on Saturday, April 14, 2012 during the first day of trout season. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)
Published Friday, July 6, 2012 11:41AM EDT
COLEMAN, P.E.I. - The P.E.I. and federal governments are investigating after a number of dead fish were found in a tributary of the Trout River in the West Prince area of the province.
The province says the Trout Unlimited chapter of Prince County found the dead fish in Barclay Brook in Coleman.
It says samples of soil, foliage, water and fish have been collected for analysis.
A provincial biologist involved in the investigation wasn't available to comment on the fish kill and a government news release doesn't say how many dead fish were found.
Last July, hundreds of dead fish were found in the Trout, Big Pierre Jacques and Mill rivers after heavy rainfalls but officials said it was likely that thousands of fish were killed.
After that fish kill, a farmer was fined $3,000 last September after he pleaded guilty to farming within 200 metres of a watercourse boundary without the protection of a grass headland.