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Pesticide Run-Off Likely Responsible for Fish Kill off P.E.I.

Over the weekend, hundreds of dead fish appeared along the banks of the Trout and Big Pierre Jacques Rivers in Prince Edward Island. The Star is reporting that Rosanne MacFarlane, a biologist working with the Environment Department, is looking into pesticide run-off as the possible cause. Although about 200 fish have been collected, MacFarlane said that it was likely thousands more died, but predators and river currents make it difficult to estimate exact numbers.

Late July is typically the time when farmers apply pesticides weekly to thousands of hectares across the region. The fish kill followed a weekend of heavy downpours.

Anglers should be as disappointed as the environmentalists. MacFarlane says it can take five to six years for trout populations to fully recover from a significant pesticide runoff.

Read more of the article here: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1030292–pesticides-probed-as-possible-cause-of-latest-p-e-i-fish-kills

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