No word on when closed salmon ar­eas will re­open

High wa­ter tem­per­a­tures still per­sis­tent in Cen­tral

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Editorial - BY ADAM RANDELL Adam.randell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

It doesn’t ap­pear the week­end rain and cooler con­di­tions in Cen­tral New­found­land was enough to re­open brooks and rivers closed to salmon an­glers last week.

The De­part­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans (DFO) Canada closed nu­mer­ous ar­eas within Zone 3 and 4 on July 19 and July 20. Zones 5 to 9 were closed com­pletely on July 21, with clo­sures also tak­ing place in ar­eas of Zone 10 and 11.

At the time, the De­part­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans ad­vised an­glers that due to ex­tremely low wa­ter lev­els and ex­tremely high wa­ter tem­per­a­tures, sev­eral rivers in cen­tral New­found­land would be clos­ing.

And there’s been no word on when the ar­eas will re­open.

“We con­tinue to mon­i­tor con­di­tions on the rivers that were re­cently closed due to en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions,” read a DFO’s state­ment is­sued to­day.

“Any change in river sta­tus will be com­mu­ni­cated via No­tice to An­glers. An­glers are re­minded to al­ways check the In Sea­son River Sta­tus re­port be­fore head­ing out www.nfl.dfompo.gc.ca/NL/River-Sta­tus/ In-Sea­son”

Ex­am­in­ing ar­eas

Terra Nova Na­tional Park’s North­west River re­mains closed to an­glers as well.

Ac­cord­ing to the river’s con­ser­va­tion group, the pop­u­la­tion tar­gets are be­ing met – 1,099 as of July 25 – at the counter. How­ever, max­i­mum wa­ter tem­per­a­tures from the day be­fore were 21 de­grees, and the wa­ter depth at the mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion was 18 cen­time­ters.

Parks Canada will mon­i­tor con­di­tions closely and up­dates will be pro­vided daily.

“We have enough pop­u­la­tion tar­get go­ing through the fence, but we don’t have the con­di­tions,” said a Parks Canada of­fi­cial.

“We’ll be con­tin­u­ing to mon­i­tor, and as con­di­tions be­come more fa­vor­able, ac­cord­ingly we’ll be re­open­ing the river.”

The main stem of the Ex­ploits River – Red In­dian Lake (Miller­town) to the ocean – is still open as en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions deem it suit­able to con­tinue fish­ing, but low wa­ter lev­els and high wa­ter tem­per­a­tures have brought about clo­sure’s on the river’s trib­u­taries.

It’s a de­ci­sion Sal­monid In­ter­pre­ta­tion Cen­tre man­ager Fred Par­sons feels is jus­ti­fied.

“Some of these lit­tle brooks haven’t seen a good bit of fresh wa­ter for two weeks or prob­a­bly longer,” said Par­sons, adding max­i­mum daily wa­ter tem­per­a­tures are hov­er­ing around 21 de­grees and some of the smaller sys­tems can reach up to 24 to 25 de­grees.

To turn things around, Par­sons said, “The trib­u­taries are go­ing to need rain and some cool­ing.”

The pro­po­nent of a pro­posed cran­berry farm in the Glover­town area has sub­mit­ted a re­vised pro­posal to the prov­ince and has been reg­is­tered again for en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment.

Un­der the cur­rent pro­posal, Mega Healthy Cran­berry Farm is plan­ning to es­tab­lish and op­er­ate an 81-hectare cran­berry farm lo­cated east of An­gle Brook and south of the Tran­sCanada High­way.

The fields will be pro­gres­sively de­vel­oped with ap­prox­i­mately 2.5 hectares in pro­duc­tion within the first two years. The site will be ac­cessed via an ex­ist­ing road.

Project de­sign in­cludes the strip­ping of veg­e­ta­tion, a sed­i­ment pond, an ir­ri­ga­tion pond, and wa­ter con­trol struc­tures, as well as an on-site quarry.

The un­der­tak­ing was reg­is­tered on July 7, and the dead­line for pub­lic com­ments is Aug. 21.

FILE PHOTO

A num­ber of rivers and brooks through­out the prov­ince re­main closed to salmon an­glers as a re­sult of ex­tremely low wa­ter lev­els and ex­tremely high wa­ter tem­per­a­tures.

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