Overview of Fish Kills on PEI 1962-2011

Water quality and quantity has become a number one priority for watershed groups across Prince Edward Island. Since 1962, there have been at least 50 documented fish kills in Island waterways.

Over the past two decades, we have seen marked increases in nitrate and sediment inputs into watercourses. Increased nitrate levels are causinghypoxia and anoxia in many estuaries with alarming frequency. This lack of oxygen in the water causes severe habitat degradation for fish and other wildlife and has a dramatic effect on recreational and commercial uses of our waterways.