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DFO examines green goo from Nass River

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says it’s keeping an eye on green slime that’s surfaced on the Nass River.

Ocean Scientist Ian Perry says the DFO has received its first samples at the Pacific Biological Station and has had an intial look at the material.

The green goo has been plaguing fishers on the Nass as it pulls down and tangles up nets.

Perry says the natural reaction of fish is to try to avoid the slime which can clog their gills and make it difficult to breathe.

Regional Salmon Manager Jeff Grout says sockeye returns for the Nass are tracking in the range of about 500,000 which is above the goal of 200,000.

Grout says he’s heard complaints about algae clogging commercial fishing gear.

As for the Skeena River, Grout says there are no current plans for commercial fishery openings, but says it’s still very early yet.

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