Porcupine, Caland Pit, Pearl Lakes, and Cataraqui River were all re-evaluated in 2021 due to concerns about contamination associated with the method of fish sampling.
The new data shows a sharp decrease in the presence of chromium in fish in these water bodies compared to the last samples taken in 2019.
Lakes Mississippi, Golden, and Woods have also been sampled for the same reason, but the Ontario Department of Environment, Conservation and Parks is still waiting to analyze the data.
The ministry confirms that the contamination is from a mill blade used to prepare tissue samples for analysis.
The new samples were taken using a process that prevents this type of contamination.
The ministry notes that it has conducted a new analysis of 2,588 lakes affected by restrictions on fish consumption in order to ensure the integrity of their data.
In all, 54 lakes have a pollution rate that can predict the pollution associated with the use of this mill.
Shows that environmental regulations are working
For Jill Besson, MPP at Timmins, this good news for fishermen in the area is a sign that environmental standards are working.
” It shows that environmental regulations that have been in place for years to try to reduce these pollutants from entering our lakes and rivers are starting to work. »
Sorry for calls to reduce these regulations
From the swearing who say it’s bad for business.
Mr. Besson points out that
There are still problems at Porcupine Lake, especially with the Timmins, but we are working with them and there is still good news..
If he’s lucky enough to be able to fish in the lake near his home in Lake Camiscotea and not fish in Porcupine and Pearl Lakes, he says, other fishermen in the area will benefit.
Gerald Hamilton, who crossed Friday morning on Lake Porcupine, is happy to see another sign that their lake is improving.
I’ve been fishing here since I was 12 and we always take our precautions because we always suspect the lake was polluted because it’s close to a mineHe says.
If he doesn’t eat many of the fish he catches in the lake, he thinks that’s good news for whoever does.
The residents of Al-Ain are in good health
Paul Ethier, a local fishing enthusiast with a particular interest in Lake Porcupine, is not surprised by this indication of lake restoration.
” I had the opportunity to catch light-eyed fish in Porcupine Lake for the first time this summer and I will tell you that when I saw this fish, I wondered about the appropriateness of the consumption advice. »
Mr. Ethier claims to have seen
Fish is healthy and in large quantitiesclaiming that
It is still important to follow the advice of biologists beyond the appearance of fish.
He adds that
He is happy to see the new specimens, but he hopes the public will continue to follow the instructions regarding respecting Porcupine Lake.
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