Landlocked carp left to die as floodwaters recede
Law prevents residents from moving trapped fish to Ottawa River, just 100 metres away
Two months after floodwaters along the Ottawa River receded, large carp remain trapped in shrinking pockets of water that dot an area of west Ottawa.
"A few days ago, I was coming down to the mailbox and I heard a big splash," said resident Paul Lovisa, who has lived adjacent to the swamp since 2002.
"Went down, took a look, and there was a bunch of carp swimmming around in the water!"
Lovisa predicts the water will be gone by August.
At the edge of one pool a half-dozen rotting carp carcasses, and the smell that goes with them.
Concerned about the growing odour, Lovisa said he considered netting the fish himself and releasing them in the Ottawa River, just 100 metres away, but learned that's illegal.
Under Ontario law, residents need a special licence to transport live fish.
Unwilling to risk a fine, Lovisa said he's stuck, and so are the carp.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Natural Resources called the situation unfortunate, but said the MNR doesn't have the resources to move the fish to deeper water.