B.C. stream watchers link ‘unprecedented’ coho salmon kill to tire toxin and drought

John Barker has been volunteering with the West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society for more than 20 years and says he’s never seen anything like it, dozens of coho salmon, pre-spawn and silvery, looking fresh from the sea, dead at the mouth of Brothers Creek. “When you have a loss like this, it’s devastating,” said Barker. He and others suspect the culprit in the “unprecedented” kill in late October could have been a chemical found in tires that has previously been associated with coho deaths, coupled with B.C.’s drought. He hopes solutions can be found and wants the tire industry to find an alternative to the chemical, called 6PPD-quinone. >>click to read<< 10:44

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