Tens of thousands of fish moved as Paris canal gets clean-up

PARIS - Paris authorities have moved tens of thousands of fish to clean up the Canal Saint-Martin, a popular waterway commissioned by Napoleon that attracts hordes of tourists and revellers.

See Full Article

The three-month clean-up has seen the fish -- ranging from catfish to a 16-kilogram (35 pound) carp -- transported to the River Seine as the canal in the trendy 10th district was emptied on Monday.

"The haul has been good," said Marion Escarpit from a local anglers' association, emptying a bucketful of fish and rubbish.

"We have found very few fish that are sick or malformed. That's surprising when you see what's there at the bottom of the canal."

The dredging also allows authorities to repair the canal's walls and renovate the locks.

The rubbish tossed into the canal includes beer bottles, bicycles, toilet bowls, rolled-up carpets and weapons, including a sawn-off gun.

"We haven't found the body yet," joked hydrobiologist Romain Zeiller, one of the officials involved in the project.

The last clean-up in 2001 yielded a formidable amount of detritus including motorbikes and bathtubs.

But the quality of the water has improved over the years and marine life in the canal has burgeoned.

"In the 1980s, there were only two varieties of fish in Paris," said Escarpit. "Now there are 35."

The operation will last until early April and will cost the city 9.5 million euros ($10 million).

The waterway was commissioned in 1804 to transport goods into the capital as well as provide it with fresh water.



Advertisements

Latest Tech & Science News

  • Boreal forest starting to bounce back from Fort McMurray wildfire

    Tech & Science CTV News
    FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. -- The drumming of black-backed woodpeckers is a sure sign the boreal forest is slowly bouncing back from the devastation caused by last spring's wildfire near Fort McMurray. Woodpeckers are busy in the roughly 5,900-square-kilometre area in northern Alberta that was torched. Source
  • Double bed, favourite foods lined up for U.S.-born panda's flight to China

    Tech & Science CBC News
    The National Zoo in Washington D.C., is packing up its American-born panda cub Bao Bao for a one-way flight to China, where the 3-year-old will eventually join a panda breeding program. The cub won't have to worry about finding overhead bin space or dealing with a talkative seatmate on the 16-hour, nonstop flight Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. Source
  • Special delivery: U.S.-born panda cub Bao Bao bound for China

    Tech & Science CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- The National Zoo is packing up its American-born panda cub Bao Bao for a one-way flight to China, where the 3-year-old will eventually join a panda breeding program. The cub won't have to worry about finding overhead bin space or dealing with a talkative seatmate on the 16-hour, nonstop flight Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. Source
  • Advances in imaging could deepen knowledge of brain

    Tech & Science CTV News
    New imaging techniques enable exploration of the brain in much more detail than ever before, opening the door to greater understanding of neurological problems and possibly new treatments, researchers say. Showcased this week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting, the research and innovations are the product of three U.S. Source
  • As Arctic warms, Canada's glaciers playing major role in sea level rise

    Tech & Science CBC News
    Canada's glaciers are responding rapidly to a warming Arctic and are a major contributor to sea level rise, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of California Irvine studied data collected from 1991 to 2015 on glaciers found in the Queen Elizabeth Islands in the Arctic. Source
  • Government to weed out pesticides from foreign websites

    Tech & Science CBC News
    The federal government is moving to close a loophole that allows Canadians to make legal online purchases of pesticides not registered for use in Canada, and have them shipped into the country. Right now, if someone buys the pesticides for use around their own home and doesn't exceed the amount that qualifies for an exemption, there is little that authorities can do to stop the shipment, say government officials. Source
  • New Zealand judge upholds Kim Dotcom extradition ruling

    Tech & Science CTV News
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A New Zealand judge has upheld an earlier ruling that flamboyant internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges. The decision Monday comes five years after U.S. Source
  • '100 per cent mental sport': Drone racing growing in popularity

    Tech & Science CTV News
    Drones may be known for taking photos and videos from high above, but a group of drone pilots is looking to popularize the latest trend in Canada: racing. Competitive drone racing started roughly four years ago, but its popularity recently exploded around the world. Source
  • Milwaukee tells 'Pokemon Go' creators to get permit to have creatures in parks

    Tech & Science CTV News
    MILWAUKEE -- "Pokemon Go" monsters can roam virtually wherever they please, but they'll need a permit to get into Milwaukee County parks. At the height of the game's popularity last summer, the large crowds it attracted to one Milwaukee park left county officials at a loss for how to deal with the sudden influx of players and the trash they left behind. Source
  • SpaceX launches rocket with supplies to International Space Station

    Tech & Science CBC News
    A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was sent into space Sunday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, on a mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. The launch was the first from Kennedy Space Center since the shuttles were retired six years ago. Source