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Thursday May 8th, 2014

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A new study suggests that fish from the Detroit River smell and taste better than they have in the past.

According to the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, research and surveys of Detroit River on-water and shoreline anglers indicated that the fish in the river does not taste or smell any differently than they should.

The vast majority of survey participants who ate fish from the Detroit River indicated that they did so because it “tastes good”. No one reported that the taste of Detroit River fish was “poor”. Over the years, pollution reduction regulations and recovery actions have addressed the pollutants known to cause or contribute to this tainting of fish flavour. The decision to re-designate this Beneficial Use Impairment to “not impaired” status was reached through consensus with the Remedial Action Plan partners, and was endorsed by the Detroit River Public Advisory Councils.

“This is a significant achievement within the Detroit River Area of Concern and we’re pleased to share it with our American counterparts. With the plans we have in place for the remediation of the river, we hope that this is the first of many celebrations in the coming few years,” remarked Claire Sanders, Remedial Action Plan Coordinator, Detroit River Canadian Cleanup. “These successes are only possible because of the significant commitment from all of our partners and the work of many dedicated members of our Public Advisory Council.” 

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