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Lake Winnipeg mussel kill not catch of the day for commercial fishermen

WINNIPEG BEACH, Man. - Commercial fishermen concerned about income slipping through their nets have formed a working committee with the Manitoba government and others to discuss the implications of a zebra mussel kill at four Lake Winnipeg harbours this spring.

The committee was announced after fishermen and other concerned people turned out Thursday night to a public meeting in Winnipeg Beach to hear about the proposal to spread liquid potash in the harbours to eradicate the invasive marine species.

The fishers say they're worried because the kill is expected to be carried out from mid-May to mid-June — a prime time of the year to catch fish in the lake — and their live livelihoods could be affected as a result.

Tony Pimentel (PIH'-men-tel), the mayor of Winnipeg Beach, says the committee will look at how the fishermen can carry on their work while the province halts the spread of the mussels.

The harbours at Winnipeg Beach, Gimli, Balsam Bay and Arnes are targeted for closure.

The province has said zebra mussels were first spotted in the lake last October. (CJOB, The Canadian Press)

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