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Posted April 14, 2011

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Boating

Boaters Reminded that fish net is being re-installed at Pickering Nuclear

Fish diversion program had very successful first year

PICKERING - Ontario Power Generation divers are finishing the installation of a fish protection net at the mouth of Pickering Nuclear's Water Intake channel.

"We're starting our second full year of operation and our preliminary research shows we've significantly reduced the volume of fish entering our water intake channel," said Glenn Jager, Senior Vice President Pickering A.

Preliminary results show that the project will reduce the number of fish entering the channel by 80 per cent annually, which is the target set by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

"We've reduced the number of alewives and other smaller fish like goby fish entering the channel and have also seen drops in the numbers of Brown Bullheads," Jager said.

The net is about 610 metres long with a half inch mesh. It's anchored to the lake bottom and has 19 lighted buoys to warn boaters. It sits about 80 metres from the southern tip of the intake channel.

The fish net is part of a comprehensive program that has included restoring fish habitat and wetlands at Duffin's Creek, Frenchman's Bay and Hydro Marsh.

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