The fish in these Nova Scotia rivers might be in trouble sooner rather than later.
Many are considering the drought affecting the Nova Scotia river systems to be a once-in-a-century event. Shockingly, the 70,000 recreational fishermen who frequent these waters currently have nowhere to fish! Rivers have dried up to the point that where water was once knee deep, barely anything remains.
However, that isn’t even the worst part of the story.
“As the water levels drop, the temperature rises, of course, and that means a lack of oxygen for fish,” said Ian Avery, the head of the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters in an interview. “It’s been an anomaly this year to the point where it’s a one in 100-year event. This has never happened in Nova Scotia in quite a long time.”
This up to 100-million-dollar industry could see lasting impacts that could change the fishing industry in the province for several years to come.
“If we don’t get the rain, the fish won’t be able to travel to their spawning grounds, which means less fish next year and the year after,” Avery said.
There are contingency plans in the works through local clubs that plan to restock the waters with fish once the rivers begin to rise, but in the meantime, things look bleak.
Here’s hoping for a little bit of stormy weather this fall.