Wentzells Lake fishing tournament raises profile of invasive species

The LaHave River Salmon Association is hosting its first annual Chain Pickerel catch-and-keep tournament on July 27 at Wentzells Lake as part of an awareness campaign about invasive species and other issues impacting the LaHave River.

The tournament runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $20 for a boat team (any size boat) and $10 for a shore fishing squad.

Environmental stewardship charity Coastal Action is partnering with the association. They are hosting presentations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the MicMac Rod and Gun Club, also in the community of Wentzells Lake, about LaHave River water quality, invasive species such as the Chain Pickerel, and habitat restoration. There will also be a question-and-answer session concerning river siltation.

Sam Reeves will talk about, among other things, fish habitat restoration efforts occurring on the LaHave River, such as the installation of digger logs, riparian zone restoration work, and aquatic connectivity upgrades.

The session with Sarah MacLeod discusses how poor water quality can lead to large events such a algal blooms and fish kills.

Meanwhile, Shawn Feener delves into the topic of aquatic invasive species in Nova Scotia, highlighting the potential impacts of these aquatic invasive species and outline what measures have been previously used to mitigate these impacts.

For more information about the tournament, email Carroll Randall at dacara@eastlink.ca or phone him at 902-212-1508.

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