With the illegal introduction of small mouth bass into waterways of Queens andother counties of Nova Scotia we now have an explosion of this species in lakesand rivers, so much so that tournaments are held yearly on provincial lakes,including Ponhook. They co-exist with native species, such as trout and salmon,however, they are chasing the same food source and an over abundance can andwill cause problems down the road. As with the LaHave River bass are present inthe Medway system as evidenced by the results of experimental fishing this year.
Of greater concern to all salmon and trout organizations is the spread of chainPickerel. Inland Fisheries reports that this invasive species has been found in somewaterways of Queens County. Chain Pickerel pose a real threat to native species,trout and salmon, and great efforts must be taken by salmon and troutorganizations to stop their spread. It was on this basis that the issue was raised atthe fall 2009 and spring 2010 Recreational Fisheries Advisory Committee (RFAC)Area 4-Southern (Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne and Queens Counties).
As a first step, Inland Fisheries and the Medway River Salmon Association,agreed to an awareness campaign on the dangers posed by the spread of ChainPickerel. This led to the creation of a poster and placement of the “STOP thespread of Chain Pickerel” at various fishing holes along the Medway River in July2010. Hopefully, through this effort fishers will check their minnows for invasivespecies and not put unused minnows in the river system at the end of the fishingday.
On November 4, 2010 the Nova Scotia Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture issue a related media release. See details here.
POWER (LEFT) OF INLAND FISHERIES, A DIVISION OF NOVA SCOTIA FISHERIES
AND AQUACULTURE, AND GEORGE MANSFIELD (RIGHT), A MEMBER OF THE MRSA
ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE, ACCOMPANY DARRELL TINGLEY TO PUT UP A CHAIN
A JOB WELL DONE. ONE SMALL STEP ...
local research into the effects of chain pickerel on the lake and river
systems where they are found has been published. The research
was done by NSSA Director Sean Mitchell, PhD, of St of St. Francis
Xavier University. It confirms that, given time, chain
pickerel will destroy almost everything in a lake. A synopsis of the research conclusions may be read here.