NSP Scientist says reporting fish mortality “onerous”

Fish deaths at Gaspereau River
Fish deaths at Gaspereau River May 2017 [Desveaux]

Last December a Nova Scotia Power Environmental Scientist testified before the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans – in her capacity as a member of the Canadian Electricity Association –  that the process of reporting fish mortality at NSP is, in her words, “a fairly onerous thing for us to do.”

The testimony is regarding the changes to the Fisheries Act.  The full transcript of the meeting can  be accessed through www.ourcommons.ca  here.

In addition to outlining the association’s recommendations regarding fish mortality and fish habitat, check out page 11 of the transcript of the meeting held Dec 5, 2016 and the comments of Ms. Jay Walmsley (Senior Environmental Scientist, Aquatic, Nova Scotia Power, Canadian Electricity Association).

Mr. Ken McDonald: My last question would be to Mr. Bradley of the Canadian Electricity Association.

You said one of the good things that came out of the revisions in 2012 was that you’ve been able to self-report harm to fish or fish habitat. Can you tell me how that’s working? Has there been much self-reporting done? How big have the incidents been, or have they not been noticeable at all?

Mr. Francis Bradley: Thank you very much for the question.

I’m thankful that today it isn’t just an association person who’s sitting at the table. We also have somebody who works for a company that owns and operates facilities and who can speak from the experience of her individual company.

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Ms. Jay Walmsley: Sure. I’m with Nova Scotia Power, and we found the self-reporting to be quite onerous because every time there’s a fish mortality, we are required to report. As soon as we become aware of a fish mortality, we look to see what happened and we phone the emergency line to ensure that we report on it. It’s a fairly onerous thing for us to do.

NSP Comms has been contacted for further information.