March 5, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Owners of ice-fishing shelters are being encouraged by the Department of Environment to remove their structures from provincial waterways this month.
Ice-fishing shelters and associated structures and materials on lakes, rivers and coastal waters south of Bath in the west and Bouctouche in the east must be removed by Sunday, March 15. All such structures north of these locations must be removed by Monday, March 30. This order is made under Section 15 (7) of the Water Quality Regulation of the Clean Environment Act.
"As required by law, all ice-fishing shelter owners should ensure that their recreational activity does not result in the pollution of any waterway in New Brunswick," said Environment Minister Roland Haché.
Waste and debris resulting from either poor site management or failure to remove shelters before spring break-up pose a risk to provincial waterways.
"The ice-fishing community plays a co-operative role in protecting New Brunswick's waters," Haché said. "The environmental sustainability of our waterways is vital."
A public-information sheet on how to prevent environmental and safety problems, including tips for environment-friendly ice fishing, may be found online.
The Department of Environment encourages New Brunswickers to be responsible stewards of the environment and to report any infraction of environmental regulations in the province.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.