Vancouver Island’s Goldstream River Gasoline Spill Impacts Salmon

Saturday’s¬†gasoline tanker accident had¬†dire¬†impacts on the salmon and wildlife of¬†Vancouver Island’s Goldstream¬†River. Hundreds of young chum and coho salmon were found dead after approximately¬†30,000 tonnes of¬†fuel spilled from the damaged¬†tanker¬†onto the adjacent¬†land and into a¬†small¬†ditch and culvert,¬†which ¬†incidentally¬†feeds the river located¬†10 metres away.

“There are literally hundreds and hundreds of dead fish in the lower end of the river,” Claxton said Monday morning. “It’s just devastating to see that many fish gone. If you look under the banks and logs, there are lots of dead fish.”

Goldstream¬†River, located northwest of Victoria in Goldstream Park, is considered to be a “prolific salmon spawning stream.”

…environmental officials from the federal and provincial governments and private environmental contractors scoured the river and estuary seeking signs of habitat damage or signs of sick or injured wildlife. B.C. Ministry of Environment emergency response officer Alex Grant said the majority of the gasoline should evaporate¬†within 18 hours, based on the volume estimate….Grant said. “Good news is gasoline floats … there is a very good flushing action with the Goldstream River. The vast majority (of fuel) will stay on the water and carry out to Finlayson Arm where it will evaporate. [Read full article].

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