$160,400 funds given to improve the Bay of Quinte

Below is some quotes from a article in the Intelligencer:

Prince Edward-Hastings MP Daryl Kramp announced $160,400 for the Bay of Quinte remediation projects Wednesday, noting the money is part of $2.2 million being used to fund 38 projects throughout the Great Lakes. Of those 38 projects four are based in the Bay of Quinte region.

The majority of the funding, said Quinte Conservation general managerTerry Murphy, will be used for the prevention of nutrient and phosphorus loading in the Bay of Quinte. A regional storm water strategy encompassing Napanee, Belleville and all of Prince Edward County will benefit from the funding.

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Or you can visit: Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan

Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan

New Opportunities And Limits For Zone 17 Anglers

The MNR just released their new regulations for Zone 17 (Durham, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland) which will take effect January 1, 2010.

There will now be year round fishing for northern pike, yellow perch, crappie and sunfish so ice fishermen will finally have a turn at fishing their favorite Kawartha Lakes hot spots during the winter months. The MNR has also extended the fall fishing season to December 15 for bass and muskellunge. They have created stricter limits for walleye, to protect the declining populations in Zone 17 and added new sunfish limits, to maintain healthy populations

With more lakes for ice fishermen to fish I wonder if there will be a decline in anglers on the Bay of Quinte this winter.

For more details check out the PDF below.
http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/278711.pdf

And also visit the MNR News Release:
http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Newsroom/LatestNews/278773.html

Asian Carp getting closer to Great Lakes

Looks like the asian carp might have gotten passed the electronic barrier that was set up to prevent them from getting into the Great Lakes.

You can read more in the article below from the The Associated Press.

U.S. officials say the despised Asian carp may have breached an electronic barrier designed to prevent it from invading the Great Lakes and jeopardizing their $7-billion sport fishery.

Officials with the Army Corps of Engineers said Friday that DNA of the giant carp have been found north of the barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

If correct, that would mean the carp might reach Lake Michigan if they get through a navigational lock.

From there, they could spread throughout the Great Lakes and out-compete native species for food.

Asian carp escaped from fish farms in the southern U.S. in the 1990s and have been migrating up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.

They can exceed one metre in length and weigh about 50 kilograms.

If you don’t know what the asian carp is, view these videos.

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Blue-green algae health alert has been called off

Below is a quote on the current situation with the blue-green algae bloom on the bay.

“Laboratory testing, aerial viewing, and boat-assisted monitoring have confirmed the majority of blooms have dissipated and toxin levels are below drinking water limits,” says a press release from the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit.

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Friends of the Salmon River

Award-winning Professor Dr. John Casselman from Queens University will be speaking at the annual general meeting of the Friends of the Salmon River on Wednesday, October 28th.

He will be speaking about Ontario’s rush into more hydro-electricity and its effects on the fisheries.

The meeting takes place:
Wednesday, October 28 at 7 pm
Roblin Wesleyan Church
Road 41 on the south banks of the Salmon River in Roblin.

For more information click here.

Blue Green Algae on the Bay of Quinte Belleville

So the bay is having another bloom of Blue Green algae and the medical officer of health with the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit is telling people and pets to stay out the water especially around Zwicks park and the George Street ramp, in order to stay on the safe side.

The town water is safe to drink but people who pull water from the bay are being told not to shower until otherwise notified. It’s believed this bloom will last a few weeks.

Blue-green algae, also known as Cyanobacterial, can produce toxins that may be harmful to humans and animals. Ingestion of the water or fish that contain high levels of the toxin may cause you to experience headaches, fever, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Swimming in contaminated water may cause itchy and irritated eyes and skin. Although, the presence of a cyanobacterial bloom doesn’t always mean the water is toxic. Between 30 and 50 per cent of cyanobacterial blooms are harmless.

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Children are at higher risk if exposed to toxic levels of cyanobacterial and pets should stay out of the water because contamination could make them very sick or cause death.

Beware of these areas until otherwise notified and make sure not to consume any fish caught in this area until there is no more risk of contamination. While it is known that fish do store toxins in their liver, more research is needed to learn if the toxins accumulate in the flesh. Therefore, fish caught from algae-affected water should be eaten in moderation(except the guts liver, kidney, etc.) or avoided all together.

Raw water samples taken Friday and Saturday showed relatively low levels of microcystine toxin produced by the blue-green algae, Schabas said.

Friday’s samples showed a toxin level below the maximum level for drinking water; Saturday’s samples showed a level slightly above the acceptable amount of 1.5 micrograms per litre. That limit is “very conservative,” said Eric Serwotka, the unit’s director of environmental health.

He said all raw water samples were below three micrograms per litre.

“There’s no real health threat because that’s the untreated water,” Serwotka said. “We have to monitor and make sure it doesn’t get to a point that’s more significant.”

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Local angler’s come in 1st in the Quinte Fishing Series

Local angler’s Matt Seeley and Chris Sherman came in 1st place in the Quinte Fishing Series that took place Sunday, August 9th. A full field of 75 boats partipated in this event which made for some stiff competition.

The weather was a key factor in the day with a number of teams planning on fishing “big lake” smallies but the higher, constantly changing winds and spotty bite had some teams changing their game plan partway through the day. One of the teams that made the run to the big lake only to turn around at noon and come back to the “bay” and switch to largemouth was the eventual winners.

You can read more about this via EMC Community Newspaper

City officials are hoping construction at Meyers Pier will be wrapped up by the end of next month

The city of Belleville is stating that the mess at Meyers Pier will be completed by next month. The construction started more than a year ago and many anglers & tournament organizers will be happy to see it wrapped up.

There is a public meeting on July 29th from 7-9 p. m. at the former recreation centre at 116 Pinnacle St. to explain some of the new changes.

“It’ll include things like talking about parking, the new entrance to the South George Street boat launch, anything that needs to be done on the site itself and, generally speaking, to reassure everyone that we’ve got a handle on this thing and they will see an end to it.”

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Tournaments on the Bay are considered one of the top places to compete

Here is another article explaining how the Bay of Quinte tournament scene is growing every year. If you are out on the bay around 7:00am any weekend it’s not hard to see that more and more tournaments are being held here.

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Tournament Director Pete Thompson said that the pre bass fishing this week has been very heartening to anglers. “Some fair sized weights have been caught this week so we are expecting a good catch this weekend, but you never can tell for sure.”
Thompson explained that there are a few changes to the series this season. “Anglers have to qualify for the Quinte Classic now, by fishing at least three of the six events,” he said. “With the success of past years we are proudly confident that with this format, which most circuits use, we can offer a $5,000 grand prize.”

You can read more about this via EMC Community Newspaper

Bob Izumi claims bass fishery is amazing and will keep getting better

Bob Izumi & Derek Strub

Bob Izumi & Derek Strub

Bob Izumi among other professional anglers have high praise for the bay and eastern Lake Ontario’s bass fishery. They claim that the rise in zebra mussels and the invasion of gobies have helped, not hindered the bass population.

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Water clarity doesn’t work for all species, however. Tufts said the Bay of Quinte fishery, once regarded as one of the premier walleye fishing areas in eastern Canada, is losing that status. Walleye prefer less clear or murky water. When the once-heavily fished Hay Bay region’s water became clearer, the schools of walleye vacated those water haunts, going out to deeper water.

While walleye fishing success has dipped in the Bay of Quinte, the scrappy battling bass is quickly filling that void.

“When the Bay of Quinte was murky, it was the king for walleye. Now it has shifted so conditions are better for bass,” Tufts said.

Changing water temperatures also are a factor for the bass population. Dr. John Casselman, retired Ministry of National Resources scientist, has done extensive research on climate and productivity of fish species.

You can read more about this via Belleville Intelligencer.