Otters were hungry
government this week,” said Philip Church, the president of the Lake Massawippi Conservation Club. Government biologists were on hand to help with the fish release, checking out the survivors and gathering important data about the fish. “We get a lot of support from the government. This year the Ministry put fingerlings in brooks in the Coaticook area and around here,” he added.
There are always wild animals that enjoy trying out the young fish before they’re set free in the lake and this year’s main predators seem to be otters. “We’ve had herons eating the fish before but this year we saw a lot of otters. So we encouraged our members to bring their dogs down to the ponds, otters don’t like dogs and even just their smell can deter them, and we’ll probably put up chicken wire around the ponds this year,” explained Mr. Church. Club members also have to keep a careful eye on the oxygen levels in their ponds and the water temperatures. “Luckily we have lots of volunteer members who are very keen to come almost every day to check the ponds.”
The Club has three ponds on their wooded property in Hatley: two to raise fish in and one that serves as a reservoir in case of a dry season or if the water temperature in the fish ponds gets too high. “This summer the water level got very low and we had to use water from our reservoir to add to our ponds,” mentioned Mr. Church.
Members of the Lake Massawippi Conservation Club are presently trying to comprise a history of the sixty-four year old club and would appreciate any information from people in the community who were either a member in the past or who participated in some of their activities such as the Fishing tournament or the Children’s Fishing Derby. “We’re especially looking for information about the Club in the 1960’s, when it really started to grow,” said the president. If you have a story you would like to share or for information about joining the club, call Mr. Church at 819 679-5963.