Fish Die Of Extreme Cold In Canada

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Frozen fish were found in the aqua-farms of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. Photo: Whale watching Nova Scotia

The Fish died after the temperature of the water fell below zero.

Dead salmon, Mackerel and Trout have been removed from three aquaculture sites of the province . It’s not known how many fish have died. reports:

Aquaculture's fish farm in Shelburne Harbour
Aquaculture’s fish farm in Shelburne Harbour

The government says in two cases, net pens were damaged and dead fish were released, but the nets have since been repaired and there is no evidence that live fish escaped.

The province has said coastal waters typically remain above freezing during the winter, but every five to seven years cold air can cause shallow ocean water to drop below -0.7 C, the temperature at which fish blood freezes.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell says the rare act of nature is unfortunate and the department will continue to monitor the situation. The sites, operated by New Brunswick’s Cooke Aquaculture, are at Shelburne Harbour, Jordan Bay and Port Wade.

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