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Thousands of fish found dead near riverbank excavation site

Large B.C. cranberry farm installed equipment without approval to operate it

A large cranberry farm operation in Pitt Meadows, B.C., is under investigation after several thousand fish were found dead while the farm was preparing to install a pipe to pump water from a river.

"I've never seen anything like what I saw on that day," said local outdoorsman Jack Emberly, who reported the dead fish to Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

Near the end of May, Emberly said he went on the North Alouette River in his canoe, as he has hundreds of times over the last two decades. He said he was shocked to find his boat surrounded by dead fish.

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