Officers with Fisheries and Oceans Canada are investigating after about 2,500 fish had been dumped on the shore in Georgetown, P.E.I.
The fish had been seen on Friday on the finish of Earl Energy Highway within the city, resulting in a criticism to DFO.
“Fish weren’t counted individually, however we estimate there have been about 2,500 of them on the shore,” a DFO spokesperson stated in an e-mail despatched to CBC Information Wednesday.
“It’s potential that the fish are bycatch from the silverside field internet industrial fishery.”
P.E.I. has the one industrial Atlantic silverside fishery in Canada. The small fish resemble minnows, spawn in coastal ponds and rivers, and are often fished from dories and frozen to be used as bait and zoo meals, in accordance with the P.E.I. Flavours web site.
DFO says species together with rainbow smelt, sand lance, stickleback and mummichog are purported to be launched again into the water if caught through the silverside field internet fishery. (Submitted by Darlene Ulvstal)
“They’re prey for a lot of bigger fish, birds and marine mammals and infrequently reside previous 2 years,” says a species description on the DFO web site.
The DFO spokesperson’s e-mail to CBC stated, “Aside from inexperienced crab, all fish by the way caught within the industrial silverside field internet fishery have to be launched again into the water close to the place the place it was eliminated or fished and the place it’s alive, in a fashion that causes it the least hurt.”
Species that have to be launched if caught by the way embrace rainbow smelt, sand lance, stickleback and mummichog, stated DFO.
Extra from CBC P.E.I.