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e-2675 (Fisheries)

Initiated by Sonja Wood from Hantsport, Nova Scotia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

  • The Windsor Causeway in Nova Scotia was constructed across the Avon River in 1968 with gates to manage water levels but without proper fish passage and, to this day it, impedes migrations of fishes, including the at Risk Inner Bay of Fundy Wild Atlantic Salmon and American Eel;
  • The gates have been occasionally opened for the past 50+ years to control mainly water levels for Lake Pesquid, and more recently to facilitate improved fish passage during periods of high water levels;
  • The first salmon in 50+ years, was caught last summer beyond the causeway in the upper reaches of the Avon River;
  • The gates have never been opened to facilitate the annual runs of Wild Atlantic Salmon during their Summer and Fall spawning migrations, which has led to their extirpation in the Avon River; and
  • The Department of Fisheries and Oceans now expects improved efforts for the fish of this river.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to request the Province of Nova Scotia ensure the gates at the Windsor Causeway are kept open for an extended period of time, during every incoming and outgoing tide to allow a more natural method of fish passage during their seasonal migrations.
Open for signature
June 15, 2020, at 3:27 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 15, 2020, at 3:27 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Gord Johns
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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