Media Advisory – Results from Schindler Study on the Health of Fish in the Athabasca Region

Media Advisory

Attention Photo Editors


Embargoed until Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 10:00 a.m. Mountain.


Unhealthy fish from the lower Athabasca River, Delta & Lake Athabasca, downstream of oil sands

Scientists, Doctors, Leadership, Fishers, Community Members to call on Federal Government to Establish Monitoring Program.


Press Conference Thursday Sept. 16, 10:00 a.m.


Local fishers report increasing numbers of unhealthy fish in the lower Athabasca River, Delta and Lake Athabasca. University of Alberta researchers documented unhealthy fish during 2008 sampling. These waterbodies are located downstream of oil sands industrial development. Recently, two peer-reviewed publications documented industrial releases of pollutants, which are toxic at low concentrations, to the Athabasca River and its tributaries.

A letter will be released at the press conference calling on the Federal Government to establish a fish health monitoring program.

Specimens of unhealthy fish will be on display at the press conference. Photographs and a copy of the letter will be available at the Press Conference and online at 10:00 a.m. (website URL will be in Media Release).

Dr. David Schindler, Dr. Kevin Timoney, Dr. John O’Connor, and fishers from Fort Chipewyan and Fort MacKay will be among those at the press conference to discuss fish health and the need for a comprehensive monitoring program.

Press Conference
When: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time.
Where: Glacier Room, 2nd floor, Lister Centre, University of Alberta, 87th Avenue at 116th St. Map:
Call in #, for out-of-town journalists: (604) 477 3000 participant code 549236#

Embargoed until Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Mountain. Media violating this embargo will be denied access to photos, conference and interviews.
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