Scientists believe declining water quality to blame for Tracadie Bay oyster deaths


Scientists with Fisheries and Oceans Canada believe the high mortality rate of oysters in Tracadie Bay in recent years can be blamed on declining water quality.

Researchers began investigating in 2016 when oyster farmers reported losses up to 75 per cent and more recently, up to 80 per cent this past summer.

Scientists believe the problem may be due to poor water flow between the bay and the Gulf of St. Lawrence and say say data suggests the mouth of the bay is filling with sand which slows currents and is favourable for algae growth.

The say an increase in water temperature may also play a factor and that any solutions must come from the local community and elected officials.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)