Fish diversion program had very successful first year
PICKERING, ON, April 14 /CNW/ - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) divers are finishing the installation of
a fish protection net at the mouth of Pickering Nuclear's Water Intake
"We're starting our second full year of operation and our preliminary
research shows we've significantly reduced the volume of fish entering
our water intake channel," said Glenn Jager, Senior Vice President
Preliminary results show that the project will reduce the number of fish
entering the channel by 80 per cent annually, which is the target set
by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
"We've reduced the number of alewives and other smaller fish like goby
fish entering the channel and have also seen drops in the numbers of
Brown Bullheads," Jager said.
The net is about 610 metres long with a half inch mesh. It's anchored to
the lake bottom and has 19 lighted buoys to warn boaters. It sits about
80 metres from the southern tip of the intake channel.
The fish net is part of a comprehensive program that has included
restoring fish habitat and wetlands at Duffin's Creek, Frenchman's Bay
and Hydro Marsh.
SOURCE Ontario Power Generation Inc.
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