Elder Concerned Bridge May Be Hurting Fish Spawn

Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:45



An elder in Turnor Lake is worried that a temporary bridge near his community might be interfering with fish spawning in the area.


The floating bridge was installed in early August about a couple kilometres away from Turnor Lake after the collapse of the regular bridge in late July.


George Moberly says he was under the impression it was a temporary fix, but it’s been over three months since the floating bridge was put in.


Moberly says nature is providing its own subtle signals that the bridge might be too close to the bottom to allow passage for fish – noting that otters are climbing over the bridge to cross it instead of swimming underneath.


Department of Highways spokesperson Kirsten Leatherdale says a new permanent bridge will be installed in a couple of weeks.


However, she refuses to speculate on whether the temporary structure has affected fish spawning.


Leatherdale also says her department had to act quickly in order to allow locals to travel to and from Frobisher Lake.