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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta kcinoniuue ncnALU Pooh and pal Winnie the the bear of little meets three-year-old Trevor a boy of little during a visit to Toronto's Queensway General Hospital. Discovery of mercury hits like bombshell By DAVE AGNEW Ont Lawrence Drouillard packed away his fishing gear three years ago and hasn't been back to work since For more than 40 Mr Drouillard fished Lake St. mostly for sturgeon. His catches and the rich stur- geon caviar found their way to markets throughout North America But in the spring of mercury-contaminated fish were discovered in the lake and commercial fishing was banned Since events have moved slowly for the 36 mem- bers of the Lake St Clair Commercial Fishermen's As- although the ban has been lifted provisionally. our members are over 50 years of said Mr Drouillard federal government said they would retrain us For what7 'Some of the younger mem- bers have found part-time lobs They still think someday hey will return to their nets like Mr have given up hope. The discovery of mercury in Lake St Clair and the western basin of Lake Erie hit like a thunderbolt There was a dearth of knowledge on what action could be taken. Previous experience in Ja- pan showed that if enough mercury-contaminated fish is the poison may attack the nervous system and the brain and eventually lead to death. Canadian authorities had set a permissible level of mer- cury in fish at .5 parts per million. The mercury level of various species of Lake St Clair fish ranged from .95 to near three parts per million. The Ontario government traced the source of mercury in Lake St Clair to bow Chemical Co Ltd of which had been using a mer- cury-cell process in the mak- ing of chlorine and caustic The company now uses a dif- ferent process but the mer- cury has not yet been elimi- nated from the fish. LEVELS DROP SLOWLY Wayne Wilford of the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission at Ann said samples of pickerel averaged 2 8 parts per million of mer- cury in but dropped to 1 4 parts in 1972 Researchers have cautioned that although there can be a sharp decrease fur- ther drops take longer to ac- complish. Mac senior officer with Environment Canada at the Fisheries and Marine Ser- vice in said recently there has been no of the mercury content of fish samples taken since 1971 In an effort to speed the re- covery of the lake. United States and Canadian author- ities this year are dredging parts of Mitchell Bay in Lake St. Clair. The mercury-contaminated dredgmgs are being piled in a diked area which eventually will become an island The ex- periment will help assess the condition of the lake and the usefulness of dredging. The commercial fishing ban has been lifted for Lake Erie even though many of the fish species still contain mercury levels above the Ca- nadian standards Fishing permits were issued on condition that the fish are not sold on the Canadian mar- ket. Three Feathers The light fantastic. Only Three Feathers blends the taste of a four year old whisky with the mellow smoothness of an eight year old. For a light price. Sip the light fantastic. 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