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The Gaspé: July 2013 Archives

Alarming presence of didymo algae in rivers of the Gaspé peninsula

Courtesyof M.Bothwell.jpgThe proliferation of the didymo algae in some rivers of the Gaspé peninsula is raising concerns among local water preservation groups. The Duval river for example, tributary to the Bonaventure river, is reaching record levels of the invading algae.

Carole-Ann Gillis is a PhD student at INRS, l'Institut national de la recherche scientifique, and has been studying the presence of didymo algae in rivers for the past seven years.

She joined us on the line this morning from Matapedia.

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Part 3: Gaspé Wharves

Adeodat Lelievre.jpg The Ste-Thérèse-de-Gaspé harbour is one of the busiest in the region. The port authority is sounding the alarm, saying unless action is taken soon, 900 jobs and the long-term health of the harbour is at risk. Quebec's travelling journalist Marika Wheeler brings us a closer look at these concerns, wrapping up our series on wharves in the Gaspé.

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We also hear from Bill Sheehan. His family owns Gagnon et Fils and Déguste-Mer, a fishplant in Ste-Thérèse-de-Gaspé which employs about 500 people. He tells us how these issues affect him.
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