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More dead herring in Sandy Cove and Griffin Cove on Digby Neck

Herring on the beach in Griffin Cove Nov. 25.
Herring on the beach in Griffin Cove Nov. 25.

SANDY COVE – More dead herring has washed up in the shores of Digby Neck.

Cindy Graham was walking her dogs Nov. 25 on the beach at Griffin Cove just west of Seawall and found that beach littered with herring.

Joan Comeau was bird watching in Sandy Cove the same morning and saw herring on the beach there beside Hwy 217 and under the wharf.

Dead and dying herring has been washing up on the shores of St. Mary’s Bay for a week or more, from the head of the bay at Marsh Road in Marshalltown, as far west as Gilbert’s Cove on the mainland and Sandy Cove on the Neck

The Courier passed these latest sightings on to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Digby.

Gary Hutchins, detachment supervisor, said Nov. 25 they hadn’t received any new calls in the last two days but had sent samples to Moncton.

“We expect to have some kind of determination of what, if anything, is wrong with the fish by the first of week,” said Hutchins.

Hutchins said a DFO biologist in Digby had made a quick examination of some affected herring but was not able to identify a cause for what is happening.

Roland LeBlanc, a researcher with the Salmon River Salmon Association has also had time, before heading to sea on a research trip, to cut open a herring and was not able to find the parasite Cryptoctolye lingua in that one fish.

[What is killing the herring? Nov. 23]

jriley@digbycourier.ca

Cindy Graham was walking her dogs Nov. 25 on the beach at Griffin Cove just west of Seawall and found that beach littered with herring.

Joan Comeau was bird watching in Sandy Cove the same morning and saw herring on the beach there beside Hwy 217 and under the wharf.

Dead and dying herring has been washing up on the shores of St. Mary’s Bay for a week or more, from the head of the bay at Marsh Road in Marshalltown, as far west as Gilbert’s Cove on the mainland and Sandy Cove on the Neck

The Courier passed these latest sightings on to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Digby.

Gary Hutchins, detachment supervisor, said Nov. 25 they hadn’t received any new calls in the last two days but had sent samples to Moncton.

“We expect to have some kind of determination of what, if anything, is wrong with the fish by the first of week,” said Hutchins.

Hutchins said a DFO biologist in Digby had made a quick examination of some affected herring but was not able to identify a cause for what is happening.

Roland LeBlanc, a researcher with the Salmon River Salmon Association has also had time, before heading to sea on a research trip, to cut open a herring and was not able to find the parasite Cryptoctolye lingua in that one fish.

[What is killing the herring? Nov. 23]

jriley@digbycourier.ca

Herring on the beach in Griffin Cove Nov. 25.
Herring on the beach in Griffin Cove Nov. 25.

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