Algae advisory issued after dead fish discovered

By on August 17, 2017
Numerous fish carcases were discovered at Douglas Lake on Aug. 11. (Herald file photo).


The Upper Nicola Band continues to investigate a possible algae bloom believed to be responsible for fish carcasses found along the banks of Douglas Lake and the Nicola River last Thursday.

“We’ve been working with [the] First Nations Health Authority and our fishery biologist from Nicola Tribal [Association] to identify the fish that were dying,” said Upper Nicola Chief Harvey McLeod.

While the investigation is ongoing, the band is advising people to avoid algae blooms and, if contact is made, to wash the area with tap water immediately. People should also keep their pets away from algae blooms.

“Just stay out of the water for now,” said McLeod.

He said the First Nations Health Authority has indicated the dead fish were likely caused by an algae bloom.

An algae bloom is a rapid increase in the population of algae, which occurs in freshwater due to an excess of nutrients, particularly phosphates. These can come from fertilizers applied to agricultural land or even household cleaning products containing phosphorus.

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