Feb. 25, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Owners of ice-fishing shelters are reminded by the Department of Environment of the March deadlines for removing them from provincial waterways.
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 Monday, March 15. All such structures north of these locations must be removed by Tuesday, March 30. This order is made under Section 15 (7) of the Water Quality Regulation of the Clean Environment Act.
"The ice-fishing community has always worked in co-operation with government to ensure that their recreational activity does not result in the pollution of any waterway in New Brunswick," said Environment Minister Rick Miles. "The health of our waterways is vital to the environmental sustainability of our province."
Waste and debris resulting from either poor site management or failure to remove shelters before spring break-up would pose a risk to waterways.
A public information sheet on how to prevent environmental and safety problems, including tips for environment-friendly ice fishing, is online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.