Biologists have not yet pinpointed the cause of more than 1

Over 1,000 kokanee found dead on shores of Okanagan Lake

Biologists have not yet pinpointed the cause of more than 1,000 kokanee to die off and wash up on the shores of Okanagan Lake.

Biologists have not yet pinpointed the cause of more than 1,000 kokanee to die off and wash up on the shores of Okanagan Lake.

Recent wind storms or a viral outbreak are listed as possible reasons of the ongoing die-off of Okanagan Lake kokanee which have been appearing on the shore since July 14.

According to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations previous die-offs in Okanagan Lake and elsewhere have been associated with strong winds that can send warm surface water deeper into the lake. They said such sudden changes in water temperature can be deadly to kokanee.

Die-offs in other lakes have been linked to the infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus. Staff at the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C.‘s fish health lab in Duncan are analyzing kokanee tissue samples to find out if disease was a factor in the most recent deaths.

The Ministry said the die-off is not severe enough, at this point, to have a significant impact on Okanagan Lake’s overall kokanee population. Last year, biologists counted more than 336,500 spawning kokanee on the lake, the most since the annual counts began in 1992.

 

 

Just Posted

Apples the star fruit of the Kelowna farmer’s market

The second annual Apple Festival was held this morning

UPDATED: Team Canada moves into gold finals at World Mixed Curling Championship

The curling championships are being held at the Kelowna Curling Club

Hiker injured on mountain near Peachland

A hiker was rescued this morning

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Watch it again: Kelowna mayoral candidates square off

Missing the LIVE Kelowna mayoral debate watch now

B.C. passenger caught smoking weed in a car issued $230 fine

Saanich police did a field sobriety test on the driver and deemed it safe for him to drive

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

Letter: Get the facts on homeless in Kelowna

During the Journey Home process, all task force members agreed the strategy must be evidence based

More pot stores expected in B.C. in coming ‘weeks and months’: attorney general

Attorney General David Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visited the new BC Cannabis Store in the province’s Interior

Letter: Get the facts on cannabis legalization for our kids

“Safe kids” are necessarily safe when pot is legalized

Letter: Climate change responses should matter the most in voter’s decision

In Kelowna, candidates answered a climate change question from the Capital News

Telus launches charitable foundation to help vulnerable youth

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation complements other social initiatives by the company, including Mobility for Good

Most Read