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World wide dead fish and birdsBRAZIL - ARGENTINA JUDGMENT
Brazil laid cornerstone for Palestinian embassy December 31, 2010 bringing GOD's judgment on Brazil.
Nations recognizing a Palestinian State, 2 pages
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Paranaguá on the east coast of Argentina
100 tons of fish (sardine, croaker and catfish) have turned up dead since last Thursday off the coast of Parana.
The Paraná River of central Brazil South America is the second longest after the Amazon, and flows into the Uruguay River and runs out to the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean.
USA Bird, Fish Dead
Sudden bird and fish deaths in United States of America
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NEW ZEALAND * Hundreds of snapper fish wash up on beaches
January 5, 2011 Kills on Pacific side of the Northeastern tip of the south island
Hundreds of dead snapper have washed up on Coromandel beaches, leaving holidaymakers perplexed.
People at Little Bay and Waikawau Bay, on the north-east of the peninsula, were stunned when children came out of the sea with armfuls of the fish and within minutes the shore was littered with them.
Charlotte Pearsall, whose family have lived at Little Bay for the last 30 years, said she had never seen anything like it.
''It was so surreal,'' she said. ''It's such an incredible waste - it could've fed the whole northern tip of the Coromandel.''
People with binoculars said the snapper stretched as far as they could see and boaties reported ''a carpet of floating fish further out to sea all along the coast''.
''We initially thought 'woohoo a free feed' but they had really cloudy eyes and you could see the birds had been at them. Some of them had no eyes,'' Pearsall said.
Her parents called the Department of Conservation and were told it was most likely the fish had starved due to weather conditions, but Pearsall did not think that was the case as many of the fish looked big and healthy.
The Fisheries Ministry are currently investigating the situation and said they could not yet say what the cause was.
''Any commercial operators must record and report their catch,'' said ministry field operations officer for Waikato, Bay of Plenty and the Coromandel Brendon Mikkelsen.
''They're equally as concerned as we are . . . it's not in anybody's interests for fish to be abandoned at sea.''
Mikkelsen said it had happened before but given the quantity of fish it was very concerning.
People saw floating snapper in the water as early as 5am yesterday but the ministry only received reports 12 hours later.
Mikkelsen urged people to get in touch as soon as they saw anything amiss by calling the freephone poacher number 0800 476 224.
CANADA * Hundreds of dead fish
January 4, 2011 SARNIA, Ontario - Hundreds of dead fish that washed up on shore in the north end of the St. Clair River is a natural occurrence and not the result of a chemical spill, a government officials say.
Ministry of Natural Resources spokesperson Jolanta Kowalski confirmed that both the MNR and environment ministry were alerted to a massive die-off of gizzard shad fish late last week.
“We think it’s a natural occurrence,” Kowalski said. “They died off as a result of temperature shock because we had that really warm weekend ... and then it quickly cooled off again.”
Kowalski said such die-offs are not unusual but it typically happens in the spring.
Only one species was affected, further supporting the idea it was a natural occurrence, she said.
'There was nothing to indicate that it was man-made'
SWEDEN * Dead birds fall from sky in central Sweden
January 5, 2011 Wednesday
Dozens of dead jackdaw and pigeons birds fell from the sky in central Sweden
Bird Deaths due to external injuries
6 January 2011
Officials investigating the mysterious deaths of up to 100 birds on a road in Sweden say tests have revealed they suffered external injuries.
Dozens of jackdaws were found in the centre of Falkoeping prompting comparisons with the mysterious deaths of 3,000 birds in the US.
Sweden's National Veterinary Institute said it had tested five of the birds and found evidence of traumatic injury.
But it could not explain why the birds were on the street.
Professor Marianne Elvander, the institute's head of disease control and epidemiology, told the BBC News website that they appeared to have been hit by some kind of blunt instrument.
"My best guess is that this was the secondary effect, that they could have hit the ground very fast after being hit by a car or truck," she said.
Swedish media have described how Falkoeping resident Drilon Hulaj came across "hundreds of dead birds" lying in the street while driving home on Tuesday night.
ARKANSAS * EAGLE DIES
Interesting explanations of why
January 2, 2011 Arkansas cities and towns in heaven, there are more than 1000 blackbirds fell to the ground from the sky, and they were dead! American executive confusion Wildlife Service out of the sky Why do dead birds, also lost so much
Yesterday morning, the king master walking to work, an eagle suddenly hit him and died. Drop from birds, such a small probability event, most recently in Geleshan sporadic, and continued for months.
Birds out of the sky is only the beginning, but now even the eagle fell, residents began to unrest, why do so scary?
Forestry University, Harbin, thousands of sparrows in the woods near death, is said to be frozen to death
We know that birds navigate by the magnetic field, only the magnetic field changes, and the birds will be lost fall,
Migratory birds rely on the body's "biological compass" to determine the direction is "open secret", but it is not clear how the perception of the magnetic field of birds.
"Nobody knows it (the magnetic induction system) to work," Patterson said Murray, "magnetic induction principle is that people understand the nature, at least so far the (principle)."
How long migratory birds perceive the magnetic field on two main points. One view is that the birds beak cells can sense the Earth's magnetic field and pass the message through the nervous system to the brain;
another point of view, birds eye in the photoreceptor cells can "see" the magnetic field, and the information through another way to the brain is referred to as "N clusters" light processing area.
Specific proteins in migratory birds eye "cryptochrome" Maybe this is the light-dependent magnetic field sensing of the media.
Light stimulation of this protein produced a pair of free radicals, free radicals can be carried by the electron spin may be able to perceive the special properties of Earth's magnetic field.
In general, the magnetic elements of change is very small, but with the solar activity and geomagnetic storms are closely related phenomena, but it happened very suddenly. This is because the intense sunspot activity, when the energy released is equivalent to some one hundred thousand hydrogen bomb blast, while a large number of charged particles ejected. These charged particles hitting the Earth forming a powerful magnetic field to the magnetic field superposition, so that under normal circumstances, the magnetic elements changed dramatically, causing "magnetic storms." Occurs when the magnetic storm on Earth many strange phenomena occur. Over the North Pole in the dark there will be a beautiful aurora. The compass will swing, short-wave radio broadcasts suddenly, relying on the magnetic field "navigation" will be lost pigeons, flying around. To cosmic rays and magnetic fields can stop high-energy charged particles from the sun is harmful organisms from the natural umbrella.
There may be and the polarity of the magnetic field changes related to conversion, according to Indian newspaper reports, Hyderabad (Hyderabad), a company in 2012, researchers predicted that the Earth and the Sun's magnetic poles will reverse. Earth's magnetic reversal Earth's magnetic field is the occurrence of the Arctic and Antarctic swap, in the course of the earth will experience at some point in time there is no magnetic field in the state.
Such things not recorded in human history, so its impact can only be through computer simulation. Hyderabad model based on the Earth and the Sun's magnetic field can be made in addition to the conversion
Migratory birds into the power failure and lost the ability to identify the direction, there are other serious consequences, including:
- All animals, including the human immune system will be significantly weakened.
- changes in the crust will be more frequent volcanic and more intense tectonic movements, earthquakes and landslides.
- weakening the magnetic field caused by cosmic rays have greatly increased, due to radioactive contamination will cause more cancer.
- asteroids may be more accessible to the Earth.
- changes in Earth's gravity field.
All these may be added together, not difficult to find civilization, 2012, Earth will be threatened. They also speculated that a similar event in the distant past have occurred on Mars.
DEAD CRABS IN UK
40,000 'devil' crabs wash up on Kent coast after dying from hypothermia in freezing sea
5th January 2011
Thousands of dead crabs have washed up along the Kent coast, with environmental experts believing the cold weather in Britain is to blame.
The Velvet swimming crabs - also called devil crabs - are thought to be victims of Britain's coldest December in 120 years, which left sea temperatures much lower than average.
More than 40,000 of the crabs - Britain's largest swimming crab - are littering beaches around Thanet, along with smaller numbers of whelks, sponges and anemones.
BEWARE you are not caught up in hysteria.
As these reports pour in, some will be true and some may well be false reports.
RECENT WORLD WIDE! DEAD BIRDS AND FISH! THEY ARE EVERYWHERE
4 January 2011 - The falling blackbirds and weather balloon stories
Changes in magnetic field could be responsible for massive bird and fish die-offs
Texas: Hundreds of dead birds discovered in E. Texas
Kentucky: Women reports dozens of dead birds in her yard
Louisiana: Hundreds of DEAD Black Birds Found In Louisiana
Arkansas: For Arkansas Blackbirds, the New Year Never Came
Sweden: Mysterious bird deaths hit Sweden
Sweden: Swedish birds 'scared to death': veterinarian
China: BREAKING! Eagle and Birds fall from the sky in CHINA
Germany: Dead birds of prey at the roadside
Japan: Japan on alert after finding dead birds
Caroline: Dead pelican count escalates
Tucson: Nearly 70 dead bats found in Tucson
Somerset UK: Mystery as scores of starlings found dead in village garden
Thousands of dead birds fall out of the sky, North and South America
Florida: Thousands Of Fish Dead In Spruce Creek
Arkansas: 100,000 drum fish die in Arkansas River, more than 100 miles from site of bizarre blackbird deaths
Kent Island, MD: MDE: Fish Kill Caused By Cold Stress
Brazil: Mysterious killing of fish in coastal
Wales UK: UK. Dead fish discovered in canal marina near Abergavenny
Haiti: Authorities probe dead fish in Haitian lake
Australia: Dead fish clog lake at airport
Indiana: Dead fish wash up on Washington Park beach
Maryland: Unusual Fish Kill Found in Annapolis
Canada: Victoria river mysteriously turns bright green
Italy Two miles of beach full of fish, clams and crabs dead in a stretch of coast
Peterborough UK: Concern as fish die in beauty spot brook
New Zealand: Hundreds of snapper dead on beaches
Millions more dead fish: UNBELIEVABLE FISHKILL in Lousiana -- ALL TYPES, EVEN MAMMALS
Sea life dying by the million around the world
Reports recently from around the world of billions of sea creatures being washed ashore
Thousands of dead fish washing up and thousands of dead birds: Arkansas
MAP and links here
CODEX and ObamaCare hit hard right after January 1, 2011
EARTH DEPOPULATION PLAN has BEGUN
Is it really flu? Should you get vaccinated?
CODEX, UN AGENDA 21
OMEN of DEATH * The 10 Leading Theories for Dead Birds and Fish , page 5
World wide dead fish and birds
Did PHOSGENE gas cause bird deaths
Georgia Guidestones, Satans 10 commandments
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WARNINGS to the Bride
WAR on CHRISTIANS has begun, 2 pages
Military Testing Behind Mass Bird and Fish Deaths
January 8, 2011 Saturday
The birds suffered from acute physical trauma leading to internal hemorrhage and death"
-Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
It's been said that Mankind will destroy itself. Unfortunately, during the past 100 years the human race has worked hard to make this prediction come true.
Nuclear arsenals can destroy Mankind many times over. Alien biological weapons exist that can annihilate all humanity. Toxins are available that are so deadly a few drops in a city's water supply can kill millions.
Yet another weapons technology has been under development for some decades.
Scalar technology invented by the genius Nikola Tesla early in the 20th Century
has the potential to turn the environment itself into a weapon and tune its deadly properties into a merciless, near instantaneous killer.
That advanced technology may have just been tested in Arkansas and Louisiana.
Ominous evidence is steadily growing that the bizarre red wing blackbird deaths are not natural.
Although some scientists have proposed that the initial 5,000 bird deaths might have been caused by fireworks, ornithologists scoff at that suggestion.
Other theories floating about include speculation that severe updrafts or a local micro-burst killed all the birds,
yet that is highly improbable and does not jive with eyewitness testimony of local residents who watched the birds literally drop from the sky.
Other witnessed claim that not all the birds that fell were already dead.
Some were still alive and appeared confused or dazed.
A few even made desperate attempts to seek shelter inside houses, seemingly trying to escape whatever was killing them outdoors.
A freak meteorological phenomenon also cannot account for reports of mass bird deaths that followed the Arkansas incident.
Red wing blackbirds have also been seen falling out of the skies over Louisiana and reported by an eyewitness in Kentucky.
"The birds suffered from acute physical trauma leading to internal hemorrhage and death," the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said in a statement Monday.
"There was no sign of chronic or infectious disease."
That eliminates the possibility of West Nile virus or some other avian illness.
Although the state fish and wildlife investigators say disease may be the reason why 100,000 fish suddenly died en masse, they plan to continue testing the river for any evidence of toxins.
Curiously, like the birds, all the fish that died were only one species. All other fish were unaffected.
Connected to advanced government weapons tests?
Researchers Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones at infowars.com have put forward another possibility that could account for the shocking bird and fish deaths.
Watson and Jones believe evidence exists that points to secret US government testing of advanced weaponry. The two point to Scalar weapons technology.
The interesting thing about their theory is that it does account for the internal disintegration of the birds' organs, the short-lived survivors' state of disorientation, and the atmospherics that were occurring during the incident.
Radiation comes in many forms including, thermal, photonic, microwave, nuclear and magnetic. Scalar technology incorporates the transmission of high-energy electromagnetic radiation designed to disrupt geological and biological processes. It's a technology that is mostly secret that has been under development since the 1970s. Other than U.S. research on its applications as a militarized weapon, work is also being done to advance the technology in the U.K., Russia, China and Israel.
According to Watson and Jones "Scalar weapons that can artificially manipulate the environment could be responsible for the mass die offs. We know for a fact that over a decade ago the U.S. Military Industrial Complex was aware of and involved in the testing of such technology."
Both also refer to former U.S. Department of Defense Secretary William Cohen who, during a press conference in 1997 stated for the record that
“Others [terrorists] are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.
So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations…It’s real, and that’s the reason why we have to intensify our [counter terrorism] efforts.”
Of course what Cohen referred to was Scalar technology.
The government has not been adverse to experimenting with advanced weapons—or potential weapons—near or on its own citizens. As both Watson and Jones argue:
"From the 1950's onwards, the U.S. government deliberately engaged in open air tests, spraying major cities like San Francisco and New York with Serratia marcescens and Bacillus glogigii.
In 1955, the CIA also released a a bacteria withdrawn from the Army’s biological warfare arsenal over Tampa Bay, Fl in order to test its ability to infect human populations with biological agents."
High frequency sonar experiments have killed countless whales, porpoises and other sea life.
After years of denying it, the United States Navy finally admitted their responsibility.
Other experiments with the infamous HAARP secreted away in a massive installation far in the northern wastes of Alaska have caused significant weather changes to parts of northern Russia and specifically a wide swath of Siberia that has caused formal protests from the Russian government.
And Watson and Jones also point to 1966 when "the U.S. Army dispensed Bacillus subtilis variant niger throughout the New York City subway system. 1977 Senate hearings on Health and Scientific Research confirmed that 239 populated areas had been contaminated with biological agents between 1949 and 1969, including San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Key West, Panama City, Minneapolis, and St. Louis."
The Government's Plausible Deniability
"Plausible deniability" has always been the key to covert tests an operations by intelligence services and military operations—especially tests conducted over populated areas.
Scalar technology can be tuned. Patents that have been granted support that capability. This tuning ability permits the electromagnetic frequencies to zero-in on specific biology such as a certain species of bird or fish…or humans too.
Only red-wing blackbirds died - in midair.
According to NBC News, Arkansas's official state veterinarian, Dr. George Badley, stated the blackbirds died in mid-flight, not upon impact with the ground after they fell.
Either the birds ran into something…or something ran into the birds.
Birds and Fish are now Dying all Around the World
Not Just Birds and Fish but Now People Dropping Like Flies
GWEN whacking a flock was my first thot on day 1
January 8, 2011 Something strange is happening in the world. First the authorities claimed it was the cold which was killing the birds and the fish but now it’s happening all around the world, in hot places too. So it’s not the cold which is killing these animals.
It’s not pollution either, such as poisoned water or something in the air because it would have been detected by now and besides it’s happening everywhere in the world. It’s simply not possible that the entire world would suddenly turn poisonous. So what’s really happening here? No one really knows yet but everyone is speculating and creating theories of their own.
Some have even ventured to fairy tale lands into explaining that the birds died because they were terrified by fireworks which were used on January 1st 2011, but what about the fish?
And why hasn’t this happened in previous years because this year is definitely not the first year in which people use fireworks.
The truth is that no one really knows what’s happening and everybody is speculating. This strange world event will definitely not be ignored by us.
HAARP has also been named as a cause of these mysterious mass deaths, but HARRP is based in Alaska, and could it reach and affect the entire world?
(Norway, China, Russia, other nations also have a HAARP.)
This is definitely not normal, not a routine event and not something that happens everyday.
Some of these events have happened a few months ago while most of these events are happening right now,
but never the less the listed older events still might give some clues to what could be causing this strange world event.
This mysterious apocalyptic phenomenon has happened so far in the following places:
There have been stories of dead dolphins and whales and seals during 2010 which got very little attention
This page will get updated regularly as more such mysterious deaths are expected to happen anytime so be sure to check back.
CLICK This link lists bird / fish deaths around the world.
What are GWEN TOWERS?What are GWEN TOWERS?
GWEN (Ground Wave Emergency Network) transmitters, placed 200 miles apart across the USA,
allow specific frequencies to be tailored to the geomagnetic-field strength in each area, allowing the magnetic field to be altered.
They operate in the VLF range, with transmissions between VLF 150 and 175 KHz. They also emit UHF waves of 225 - 400 MHz.
Scalar weapons technology work is also being done in the U.K., Russia, China and Israel (and Norway).
Evidence points to secret US government testing of advanced weaponry. The two point to Scalar weapons technology.
This accounts for the internal disintegration of the birds' organs, the short-lived survivors' state of disorientation, and the atmospherics that were occurring during the incident.
Radiation comes in many forms including, thermal, photonic, microwave, nuclear and magnetic.
Scalar technology incorporates the transmission of high-energy electromagnetic radiation designed to disrupt geological and biological processes.
It's been under development since the 1970s and has militarized as a weapon.
In 1997 former U.S. Department of Defense Secretary William Cohen stated for the record that “Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves. Cohen was referring to Scalar technology.
The government is willing to experiment on its own citizens.
http: // news.rambler.ru/8669359
In Turkey массово birds perish
In Turkey there was a case of inexplicable mass death of birds.
The lost starlings were detected by residents of district Karadzhabe in a province Bursa. On road tens тушек feathery laid. On incident have operatively reported on local authorities, there has been begun investigation of accident.
Now experts spend necessary analyses. However while they did not manage to establish the reason for death of starlings. As reported by ITAR-TASS, on one of versions, in flight of birds the supersize cars, gone one behind another could run some.
World mass-media have started to inform on inexplicable mass death of birds on the eve of New year when about 4 thousand blackbirds have fallen off замертво in vicinities of small small town Biib in state of Arkansas. Later similar cases have occured in states of Louisianas and Kentucky. Also accidents of mass death of birds have been fixed in Canada, Sweden and Italy.
Google maps is being kept updated on all the deaths around the world!!
Got this off of another MB(had no link on it)...
12/01/2011 Manchester UK
Hundreds of fish have been found dead in a Manchester pond in the latest bizarre mass animal deaths. Experts say the freezing weather caused the deaths. Nature lover Stuart Hall, 60, spotted the fish in the pond on Chudleigh Close, Stockport, during a walk near his home. The 500 fish - many thought to be large bream and pike - were set in the ice on the pond. Mr Hall, of Mostyn Road, Hazel Grove, said he was worried the water may be poisoned. He said: "I was shocked, it was awful to see all that life just gone. It's like the 'birds dropping from the trees' scenario, but on a much larger scale. "When you love nature and the countryside it's heartbreaking. There is no sign of life here whatsoever - not one duck." It’s the latest in a series of strange animal deaths around the world which has claimed the lives of birds including doves, coots and starlings and several species of fish.
Pole Shift and Bird Deaths
This is EXCELLENTLY documented with pictures and diagrams. I put it in my forum with links.
Earth's magnetic pole shift is unleashing poisonous space clouds linked to mysterious bird deaths.
Thousands of birds (and fish) died over the last 2 weeks.
Here is a physics-based explanation for the mysterious deaths.
It all begins on a runway in Tampa, where airport officials recently closed that runway in order to change the numeric designators painted there.
Because the Earth's magnetic poles are shifting and the numbers previously painted on the runway no longer match up with the magnetic measurements of sensitive airplane instruments
This brings us to our first physics fact of this article.
The Earth's magnetic poles are shifting enough to affect airport runways
The Earth's magnetic field has flipped (reverses polarity) hundreds of times in the past.
This is called a geomagnetic reversal
A weakening Earth magnetosphere was allowing poisonous space (Noctilucent) clouds to enter deep into Earth's atmosphere where it is coming into contact with birds.
These clouds can be detected on radar
Weather radar tracks this phenomenon during bird kill
On New Year's Eve when birds began falling out of the sky in Arkansas, the National Weather Service in North Little Rock documented an unusual phenomenon on their radar monitors - a non-precipitation target.
About the same time this radar image appeared, birds began falling out of the sky.
The most likely explanation is that the birds were killed in-flight by changes in the composition of the air they were breathing.
Noctilucent clouds are largely made of a poisonous gas known as Hydrogen Cyanide.
Could humans be next?
The really concerning thing is that if these poisoning clouds of Hydrogen Cyanide could reach into our lower atmosphere, they could also reach ground level where humans live, causing mass instantaneous death of potentially millions of people.
Hydrogen cyanide kills birds and humans very quickly
Johannesburg * 750 African Grey parrots die December 24 on Durban flight
Birds died, dog lived * canary in the coal mine warning? of what?
January 13, 2011 South Africa
More than 750 African Grey parrots worth about R2m died on a flight from Johannesburg to Durban.
The news has caused shock waves among conservationists, bird breeders and those involved in the aviation industry. The parrots died on December 24 on a flight operated by 1time.
Dr Steve Boyes, director of the organisation World Parrot Trust Africa, said steps should be taken to ensure that something like this never happens again.
The parrots were part of an order of 1 650 adult African Greys which were caught in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to be sold to South African breeders.
Ben Moodie, a well-respected Boksburg lawyer, alleges the birds were to be imported for his business Iceland Industrial Projects. He said he was only informed of the birds' fate on December 29.
"At the OR Tambo quarantine the birds were fine and I was informed that on arrival at King Shaka they were dead. I can understand a few casualties along the route, it happens. (But) this doesn't gel and I can only satisfy myself if they show me the carcasses," a distraught Moodie told The Witness.
Altogether 800 of these parrots were imported to South Africa in November. A further 850 are still being held in the DRC, ready to be brought to South Africa.
In mid-December the parrots, which were then being kept in quarantine for 30 days at a state facility in Kempton Park, in accordance with legislation, became the focus of a long-standing dispute between breeders and in two urgent court applications.
The result was that Hendrik Matthews, a Roodepoort breeder who alleges the birds were intended for him to cover outstanding debt, had the parrots loaded on December 24 to be taken to a private quarantine station in Umhlanga.
On that day the quarantine station at Kempton Park closed until February 1 for cleaning and upgrading.
According to Michael Saltz, Matthews' lawyer, the birds were healthy when they were loaded at O R Tambo airport for the one hour flight on 1time to Durban. All the requirements for the transport of living cargo were met.
At King Shaka airport in Durban there was no movement to be seen in the crates when they were unloaded.
When the crates were taken to Express Air Services' store and opened, only 10 of the birds were still alive, and an hour later only one had survived, said Boyes.
According to Anya Potgieter, spokesperson for 1time, the airline then decided it wouldn't transport more than four living animals per crate any longer, and exotic animals will only be transported if arrangements are made ahead of time.
According to The Witness she ruled out that the birds might have died from carbon dioxide inhalation, as the birds were travelling in a hold with an oxygen supply.
The airline denies that something could have happened on the plane to cause the tragedy.
A small dog travelling in the same cargo hold was perfectly healthy upon arrival.
Saltz, however, said parrots from the same group in two crates which were transported by another airline were healthy.
According to him there are indications that a lack of oxygen or dangerous gases could have caused the deaths of the birds.
AUSTRALIA * Bull sharks spotted swimming down the main street in Goodna - 30km from the coast
January 14, 2011
TWO bull sharks have reportedly been spotted swimming down the main street of a flooded Queensland town, 30km inland.
Butcher Steven Bateman spotted two bull sharks swimming near his Goodna shop yesterday - one of several reports of a sharks in Goodna's main street.
Ipswich local councillor Paul Tully confirmed it was a bizarre but true story out of Queensland's flood disaster.
"It would have swum several kilometres in from the river, across Evan Marginson Park and the motorway,'' Cr Tully told The Queensland Times.
"It's definitely a first for Goodna, to have a shark in the main street.
"I know Steve (Bateman) and he wouldn't say he saw a shark unless he really saw one."
The local MP Jo-Ann Miller also said she believed Mr Bateman’s sighting was genuine.
“Steve wouldn’t lie about something like that. He’s very well known in the community," she told The Queensland Times.
Bull sharks are the third most likely shark to attack a human being. They are noted for their aggressive behaviour and often swim in shallow waters along coasts and rivers.
They can tolerate fresh water and have been known travel long distances along rivers.
Mass fish deaths at Jervis Bay
* Malcolm Holland
* From: The Daily Telegraph
* January 18, 2011 11:24AM
TENS of thousands of fish have been discovered dead and dying at Jervis Bay, apparently victims of The Big Wet.
Weeks of heavy rain is feared to have sparked a major bloom of red algae on the northern and eastern shores of the bay.
The algae strips saltwater of its oxygen and can cause fish to suffocate.
Despite red algae being investigated as the possible cause, The Daily Telegraph understands testing of the Jervis Bay waters has not revealed the severely depleted oxygen levels which would be expected - and would explain the deaths.
Most of the fish kill has happened within the Jervis Bay Marine Park.
Slicks of dead fish between 3 and 6km long have been reported by locals near Callala Bay, Hare Bay and Long Nose Point.
Portugal * Tons of Dead Octopuses
Jan. 06, 2010
What is killing the octopus?
That question has obsessed the Portuguese city just across the Douro River from Porto since Jan. 2 when 1,100 pounds of dead octopus were found on a stretch of local beach. More washed up the following day.
No other species were affected.
Townspeople were warned NOT to eat them.
In the latest of a string of mass animal deaths, 10,000 cows and buffalo have died in Vietnam
January 22, 2011 Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed the news this week that more than 10,000 cows and buffalos died nationwide due to harsh weather conditions.
Cattle have been dying throughout Vietnam, which has had a particularly intense winter. The northern mountainous province of Cao Bang was hardest hit with 2,260 dead cattle, per Thanh Nien News. Some have said the number of total dead cattle may be as high as 13,000.
Mass animal deaths have been in the news quite a bit lately. Hundreds of birds were found dead in South Dakota early this week, and before that birds were found dead in Italy and birds fell from the sky in Arkansas, among other incidents.
Some of the mass die-offs have been explained - for instance, indigestion is thought to be the cause in Italy and the U.S. government has admitted involvement in the South Dakota case. But others remain up for debate. http://www.vibe.com/posts/2012-ga...er-10000-cattle-drop-dead-vietnam
AUSTRALIA Dead FishAUSTRALIA Dead Fish
January 22, 2011 Sick fish noticed 3 weeks ago. WHAT HAPPENED AROUND JANUARY 1 that birds, fish, sea life so suddenly began to perish?
The cause of a large scale fish kill at Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast, that appears to have originated from a sanctuary zone within the region's marine park, remains a mystery.
Local newspapers have stated the fish kill, that has affected a wide cross section of estuarine and reef species, including mullet, flathead, luderick, whiting, catfish, angel sharks, rock cod and more has been ongoing since early January. In that time holiday makers and local residents of Callala Bay, Hare Bay and Red Rock have been reporting seeing thousands of dead and dying fish on beaches and shallow water.
Experienced spear fisherman and angler, Oliver Wady, told Fishing World he'd never seen anything like it in many years diving and fishing the area. Wady says last week he witnessed large numbers of catfish freely swimming as he launched his boat at a popular Jervis Bay ramp. A few hours later the same fish were floating around dead or dying.
At the popular fishing and diving location of Long Nose reef within Jervis Bay "we saw good numbers of luderick, bream and tailor [upon proceeding to dive]...two hours later we saw fish starting to float," Wady said.
The fish kill is reportedly widespread throughout Jervis Bay with reports of dead fish spanning a distance of around five kilometres.
One Callala Bay resident had estimated between 3000 and 4000 fish of around 20 different species were dead between Callala Bay and just past Red Rock. One report had stated many of the dead fish were large breeding size flathead. See video outlining the extent of the fish kill below.
Some locals are starting to point the finger at the Jervis Bay Marine Park Authority which reportedly had ignored a call to remove a large build-up of decaying weed in Callalla Bay, despite pleas from residents.
TENS of thousands of fish have been discovered dead and dying at Jervis Bay, apparently victims of The Big Wet.
Weeks of heavy rain is feared to have sparked a major bloom of red algae on the northern and eastern shores of the bay.
The algae strips saltwater of its oxygen and can cause fish to suffocate.
Despite red algae being investigated as the possible cause, The Daily Telegraph understands testing of the Jervis Bay waters has not revealed the severely depleted oxygen levels which would be expected - and would explain the deaths.
Most of the fish kill has happened within the Jervis Bay Marine Park.
Slicks of dead fish between 3 and 6km long have been reported by locals near Callala Bay, Hare Bay and Long Nose Point.
More dead fish have been seen sunk dead on the bottom. The victims include flathead, whiting, mullet, luderick, catfish, damsel fish, old wives, ling and an angel shark.
Fisheries Officers from the state government's super ministry, Industry & Investment NSW, were first alerted to the dead fish several days ago, a spokesman said.
The fish kills have continued and I&I NSW warned locals and holiday makers not to eat any dead or dying fish they find.
There have been no signs that seabirds or marine mammals have been affected, the spokesman said.
* I guess BA posted about Jervis Bay on this thread - but I didnt know WHERE that is.
UFOs blamed for mass fish death
27 January 2011 Residents in a north-east Colombian town claim a UFO is responsible for the unexplained death of 2,000 fish, discovered after an unidentified flying object was seen in the sky, website Panarama Dario reported Thursday.
Residents of Barrancabermeja, a town in the Santander department, claim that they saw an unidentified flying object late last week and soon after some 2,000 fish turned up dead in the local swamp.
Residents report that the fish have burn marks on their scales.
Environmental authorities have collected samples from the swamp and will determine the cause of the fish massacre.
And there shall be signs in the Sun, Moon, and Stars
This encapsulated many things - deaths, fires, etc
Hundreds of pigeons mysteriously die in India
November 7, 2012 Precursor to a large earthquake?
500 pigeons dropped dead at a village in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district over the last 4 days, causing residents, some of them pigeon-keepers, to fear that something was amiss. District officials are still to visit the site and conduct an inquiry. “We were shocked, and we cannot understand why it happened,” said Subodh Kumar Singh, a keeper of pigeons who lost 250 birds. Mohan Singh, another pigeon keeper said, “We need some manner of inquiry into this. Why did such a large number of pigeons drop dead in a matter of days?” Other pigeon keepers said that the government ought to investigate the deaths. While some veterinarians suspected a bird flu or poisoning, others speculated that the deaths could have been caused because of radiation from mobile phone towers. (Almost, but not quite - blame HAARP-GWEN) They added that that only an investigation could get to the root of the mystery. Pigeons are valued as pets here, and there is a thriving market for them.–Times of India/ extprot
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 9:57am PST
Mysterious stranding on Irish beach involved up to 50,000 starfish
It was a surreal and somewhat ghostly sight: that of perhaps 50,000 starfish that somehow had come ashore overnight, en masse, and perished on a secluded beach in Ireland. The Belfast Telegraph reports that harsh weather might have been responsible for last week's peculiar and mysterious event, on Lissadell Beach.
Bill Crowe, a marine biologist at Sligo Institute of Technology, theorized that the starfish (also called sea stars) might have been lifted ashore while feeding on mussel beds in the nearshore tidal zone. They were spread over nearly 500 feet of coastline.
"The most likely explanation is that they were feeding on mussels, but it is a little strange that none of them were attached to mussels when they were washed in," Crowe said.
A toxic algae bloom would seem another possible explanation, but no other type of marine life was affected. Only starfish, mostly adult size, were found on the beach.
Equally mysterious is that virtually all of the starfish were dead, meaning they had succumbed surprisingly quickly after coming or being delivered ashore.
Study: Fish in drug-tainted water suffer reaction
By JEFF DONN | Associated Press – Thu, Feb 14, 2013.
BOSTON (AP) — What happens to fish that swim in waters tainted by traces of drugs that people take? When it's an anti-anxiety drug, they become hyper, anti-social and aggressive, a study found. They even get the munchies.
It may sound funny, but it could threaten the fish population and upset the delicate dynamics of the marine environment, scientists say.
The findings, published online Thursday in the journal Science, add to the mounting evidence that minuscule amounts of medicines in rivers and streams can alter the biology and behavior of fish and other marine animals.
"I think people are starting to understand that pharmaceuticals are environmental contaminants," said Dana Kolpin, a researcher for the U.S. Geological Survey who is familiar with the study.
Calling their results alarming, the Swedish researchers who did the study suspect the little drugged fish could become easier targets for bigger fish because they are more likely to venture alone into unfamiliar places.
"We know that in a predator-prey relation, increased boldness and activity combined with decreased sociality ... means you're going to be somebody's lunch quite soon," said Gregory Moller, a toxicologist at the University of Idaho and Washington State University. "It removes the natural balance."
Researchers around the world have been taking a close look at the effects of pharmaceuticals in extremely low concentrations, measured in parts per billion. Such drugs have turned up in waterways in Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere over the past decade.
They come mostly from humans and farm animals; the drugs pass through their bodies in unmetabolized form. These drug traces are then piped to water treatment plants, which are not designed to remove them from the cleaned water that flows back into streams and rivers.
The Associated Press first reported in 2008 that the drinking water of at least 51 million Americans carries low concentrations of many common drugs. The findings were based on questionnaires sent to water utilities, which reported the presence of antibiotics, sedatives, sex hormones and other drugs.
The news reports led to congressional hearings and legislation, more water testing and more public disclosure. To this day, though, there are no mandatory U.S. limits on pharmaceuticals in waterways.
The research team at Sweden's Umea University used minute concentrations of 2 parts per billion of the anti-anxiety drug oxazepam, similar to concentrations found in real waters. The drug belongs to a widely used class of medicines known as benzodiazepines that includes Valium and Librium.
The team put young wild European perch into an aquarium, exposed them to these highly diluted drugs and then carefully measured feeding, schooling, movement and hiding behavior. They found that drug-exposed fish moved more, fed more aggressively, hid less and tended to school less than unexposed fish. On average, the drugged fish were more than twice as active as the others, researcher Micael Jonsson said. The effects were more pronounced at higher drug concentrations.
"Our first thought is, this is like a person diagnosed with ADHD," said Jonsson, referring to attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. "They become asocial and more active than they should be."
Tomas Brodin, another member of the research team, called the drug's environmental impact a global problem. "We find these concentrations or close to them all over the world, and it's quite possible or even probable that these behavioral effects are taking place as we speak," he said Thursday in Boston at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Most previous research on trace drugs and marine life has focused on biological changes, such as male fish that take on female characteristics. However, a 2009 study found that tiny concentrations of antidepressants made fathead minnows more vulnerable to predators.
It is not clear exactly how long-term drug exposure, beyond the seven days in this study, would affect real fish in real rivers and streams. The Swedish researchers argue that the drug-induced changes could jeopardize populations of this sport and commercial fish, which lives in both fresh and brackish water.
Water toxins specialist Anne McElroy of Stony Brook University in New York agreed: "These lower chronic exposures that may alter things like animals' mating behavior or its ability to catch food or its ability to avoid being eaten — over time, that could really affect a population."
Another possibility, the researchers said, is that more aggressive feeding by the perch on zooplankton could reduce the numbers of these tiny creatures. Since zooplankton feed on algae, a drop in their numbers could allow algae to grow unchecked. That, in turn, could choke other marine life.
The Swedish team said it is highly unlikely people would be harmed by eating such drug-exposed fish. Jonsson said a person would have to eat 4 tons of perch to consume the equivalent of a single pill.
Researchers said more work is needed to develop better ways of removing drugs from water at treatment plants. They also said unused drugs should be brought to take-back programs where they exist, instead of being flushed down the toilet. And they called on pharmaceutical companies to work on "greener" drugs that degrade more easily.
Sandoz, one of three companies approved to sell oxazepam in the U.S., "shares society's desire to protect the environment and takes steps to minimize the environmental impact of its products over their life cycle," spokeswoman Julie Masow said in an emailed statement. She provided no details.
Tuna collapse fears fail to curb Japan's appetite
Worries about decline of bluefin tuna, prized king of sushi, fail to curb Japan's appetite
TOKYO (AP) -- It is the king of sushi, one of the most expensive fish in the world — and dwindling so rapidly that some fear it could vanish from restaurant menus within a generation.
Yet there is little alarm in Japan, the country that consumes about 80 percent of the world's bluefin tuna. Japanese fisheries experts blame cozy ties between regulators and fishermen and a complacent media for failing to raise public awareness.
"Nobody really knows the bad state bluefin tuna is in," veteran sushi chef Kazuo Nagayama said from his snug, top-end sushi bar in Tokyo's Shimbashi district, a popular area for after-work socializing. "I don't think it'll disappear, but we might not be able to catch any. It's obvious we need to set quotas."
Catching bluefin tuna, called "hon-maguro" here, is a lucrative business. A single full-grown specimen can sell for 2 million yen, or $22,000, at Tokyo's sprawling Tsukiji fish market. Japanese fishermen are vying with Korean, Taiwanese and Mexican counterparts for a piece of a $900 million a year wholesale market.
Fish dealers at Tsukiji market say the number of bluefin sold at early morning auctions has fallen over the past 10 to 15 years, but most are confident the supply will never run out. Sushi bars and supermarkets still readily sell the fish, which is considered a special treat that families might splurge on once every month or two. There's no government campaign to encourage people to rein in their appetites for the iconic Japanese food.
"I have seen some reports on TV about their numbers falling, but I really haven't thought about cutting back on eating hon-maguro," said Sumire Baba, a Tokyo homemaker. "I guess I'm optimistic they'll recover."
A scientific assessment released in January found that Pacific bluefin spawning stocks — a key measure of adults that can reproduce — have plummeted by about three-quarters over the past 15 years to match historic lows last seen in the early 1980s. It estimated that the species has dwindled to just 3.6 percent of its original population, and that more than 90 percent of fish caught were juveniles between the ages of 0 and 3, before they reach reproductive maturity.
The report, compiled by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the Northern Pacific and based on data through 2010, received only scant coverage in the Japanese press.
The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's largest newspaper, ran a brief story that ignored the drop in numbers and focused on a projection offered by the report's authors that Pacific stocks could triple by 2030 if current "effort limits" were fully enforced — coverage that a senior Fisheries Agency official blasted as "misleading."
News reports earlier this year about the record 155.4 million yen ($1.76 million) auction sale of a Pacific bluefin at the Tsukiji market focused mostly on the exorbitant price and the buyer — the owner of a sushi chain — with little context about the species' falling numbers.
The drop follows similar plunges in the other two bluefin species, the Atlantic and the southern, which are now protected by catch quotas that experts say need to be applied to their Pacific cousins as well.
Without stricter caps, "there is a high likelihood that Pacific bluefin will become less available to Japanese consumers," said Masayuki Komatsu, a former senior Fisheries Agency official. Japan faces two choices, he said: Immediately impose catch quotas or "stop eating the bluefin to protect it."
Overfishing of the Atlantic bluefin, much of it shipped to Japan, got so bad that an export ban was proposed in 2010 at a meeting of the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The proposal was rejected, and Atlantic bluefin stocks recovered slightly last year after quotas were imposed, although environmental groups say the population remains fragile.
While the media plays a role, the Fisheries Agency, domestic scientists and fishing industry are mainly responsible for failing to address the problem and keeping the public in the dark, Komatsu and other critics say. During his tenure at the agency until 2005, regulators were often more intent on protecting fishermen than marine resources, he said, and they were also reluctant to publicize information about declining fish stocks or impose catch limits for fear of upsetting fishermen or politicians.
"Government officials don't want to accept the facts," Komatsu said. "Their constituents are fishermen. ... In order to be successful as a government official, you have to listen to the fishermen because they are closely connected to the politicians. It's all very short-sighted."
Toshio Katsukawa, a fisheries professor at Mie University in western Japan, said the industry has been allowed to pursue indiscriminate fishing for years.
"This is undermining Japan's own national interests," he said. "We have an international responsibility in this matter. It's a problem if we are not able to responsibly catch and consume these fish."
That may have been a valid criticism in the past, acknowledged Masanori Miyahara, the deputy director-general of the Japan Fisheries Agency. But over the past five or six years "our policy has changed," he said in an interview in his Tokyo office. "Now we are in the driver's seat."
"Previously, there was almost no control over the bluefin catch because so many fishermen were catching them. The JFA just gave up," Miyahara said. "But now we are in a position of control. We are serious about fishing management."
He noted that limits imposed in 2011 on domestic fishermen using large, encircling "purse seine" nets — which scoop up vast amounts of fish, including many young ones — during the summer spawning season in the Sea of Japan have reduced the catch of juveniles by more than a quarter.
Japan also has joined 2011 "effort limits" — such as limiting the number of vessels — called for by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, the regional fisheries body that monitors the western two-thirds of the Pacific Ocean. The commission will meet in Tokyo in September to consider whether to strengthen catch restrictions.
Japan also has placed caps on the number of tuna farms, which take young tuna caught at sea and raise them in coastal waters, and is registering its 13,000 independent fishermen to better monitor their catch, Miyahara said.
But conservation groups say the measures are full of loopholes and not well enforced, while Japanese fishermen complain that South Korean boats are not similarly constrained.
"We wonder what the point is if others can catch the fish we can't," said Makoto Hotai, head of the Japan Purse Seiners Association, based in the southern city of Fukuoka.
While Japanese consumers are very sensitive about food safety and quality, awareness about resource management is still not very prevalent. Major retailer Aeon Co. has a lineup of 50 products with a special blue label from the Marine Stewardship Council, which certifies sustainable marine foods. However, MSC-labeled products account for only 3 percent of Aeon's total fish sales.
"Eating fish is a fundamental part of Japanese culture," said Kozo Ishii, the program director for MSC in Japan. "That fish is readily available is taken for granted."
A handful of U.S. and European sushi restaurants have removed bluefin from their menus, but Nagayama, the sushi chef, hasn't heard of that happening in Japan.
He tries to minimize the amount of the fish he uses, but says he needs to have it on hand because customers request it. A single piece of pink "o-toro" fatty tuna goes for 2,000 yen, or $21, at his shop, although customers visiting "conveyor belt" sushi shops can grab much lower quality bluefin for 100 yen, or just over a dollar.
"We're a top-end sushi bar, so we need to have it," said the 71-year-old sushi chef, who has written three books about fish. "If we don't, we can't really do business."
Chinese officials fish out 900 dead pigs from water source
BEIJING – Chinese officials say they have fished out 900 dead pigs from a Shanghai river that is a water source for city residents.
Officials are investigating where the pigs came from. A statement posted Saturday on the city's Agriculture Committee's website says they haven't found any evidence that the pigs were dumped into the river or of any animal epidemic.
The statement says the city and Songjiang district governments started retrieving the pigs on Friday night. By late Saturday afternoon they had recovered and disposed of more than 900.
The statement says the water and environmental protection bureaus are ramping up monitoring of the river's water quality.
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UPDATE: Over 2,200 dead pigs found in Chinese river prompting pollution alert
Reuters) - Over 2,200 pigs have been found dead in one of Shanghai's main water sources, official media reported on Monday, triggering a public outcry in China where concerns over food safety and environmental pollution run high.
The carcasses were probably dumped in the Huangpu river in Zhejiang province and the total number was expected to increase, the Global Times quoted Xu Rong, director of Shanghai Songjiang District Environmental Protection Bureau, as saying.
"We have to act quickly to remove them all for fear of causing water pollution," she was quoted as saying as the national parliament, where pollution has been a hot topic, met in Beijing.
Officials were investigating, media said.
An official at the Songjiang environment bureau declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.
The Shanghai government said in a statement posted on its website on Monday that workers were continuing to collect carcasses from the river and it was closely monitoring the water quality although no pollution has been found so far.
Water contamination, caused by fertiliser run-off, chemical spills and untreated sewage, is a major concern in China. The government is planning to invest $850 billion over the next decade to improve the water supply system.
The discovery of the dead pigs over the weekend quickly made the rounds in social media, with many bloggers criticizing the authorities for their delayed response.
"Related government departments should seriously investigate this and get to the bottom of it," said one blogger by the name of Ting Tao. "The government should really pay attention to people's lives and take no time to solve food safety issues."
CHILE * Wave of prawn deaths baffles Chile city of Coronel
3/20/13 Thousands of dead prawns have washed up on a beach in Chile, sparking an investigation.
Hundreds of dead crabs were also washed ashore in Coronel city, about 530km (330 miles) from the capital, Santiago.
Fishermen suggested the deaths may have been caused by local power stations that use seawater as a cooling agent. The power firms have not commented.
Experts are looking into water temperature and oxygen levels and other details to explain the deaths.
"We're investigating the Coronel Bay to establish the physical parameters of temperature, electric conductivity and, above all, the oxygen," said local environment official Victor Casanova.
Local fishermen blamed nearby power generation plants Bocamina 1 and 2 and Colbun.
"I'm 69 years old and started fishing when I was nine, but as a fisherman, I never saw a disaster of this magnitude,'' Gregorio Ortega told local Radio Bio Bio.
While some blame pollution, others say the death of the crustaceans could be a consequence of the El Nino phenomenon, which warms the waters of the Pacific.
Marisol Ortega, a spokeswoman for the fishermen, said she feared the deaths would affect the livelihood of their community.
"The way everything is being destroyed here, come the high season in November, we're already thinking we won't have anything to take from the sea," she said.
Fishkill in Albur bared, but no sample’s lab test
ALBURQUERQUE, Bohol – The reported fishkill that occurred recently in this coastal town may not be totally left unnoticed as some residents belonging to “Nagkahiusang Alburanons” raised this at facebook, expressing deep concern over marine ecosystems.
The Bureau of Fishery and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) provincial head Crescencio Pahamutang confirmed that indeed there was a slight fiskkill.
It was not immediately known what was the extent of the fishkill and what are the causes, said the “Nagkahiusang Alburanons.” But they got angry somehow why there was no immediate action on the part of the technicians involved.
In her facebook account, municipal technician Dolores Cagoco, had this to say: “Sad to say didto nako sa BFAR gahapon unja kay di nadaw pwede ma examine ang mga samples kay nabahu na ug matud pa sa BFRA Cebu laboratory cyanide ra pod ila exam. Ug di napod maseguoro unsa jud hinungdan tungod kay bahu na ang isda hasta pod ang tubig sa dagat … sa RHU la pako mahibawo naa naba result.”
In an interview, Pahamutang explained that BFAR cannot anymore conduct a laboratory examination of the fishkill samples since they (samples) were presented too late and the samples were in de-composting state.
BFAR said that whenever there is occurrence like fishkill samples should immediately be brought to their office as these (samples) are to be sent to Cebu for laboratory test because Bohol has no facilities for this, Pahamutang said.
Fishkill is also known as fish population mortality that may also affects aquatic life, according to Wikipedia. “The most common cause is reduced oxygen in the water, which in turn may be due to factors such as drought, algae bloom, overpopulation, or a sustained increase in water temperature.”
Water pollution from agricultural runoff or biotoxins, oxygen pletion are blamed and the most common natural causes of fish kills. Others include droughts, waste spills and hazardous wastes due to chemicals washed to the sea and native cyanide-producing vines poisonous to aquatic life.
Meanwhile In China, 3,000 Decomposing Pigs Were Found in Shanghai's Drinking Water
6,000 dead pigs in river
China pulls 1,000 dead ducks from Sichuan river
3/25/13 Around 1,000 dead ducks have been pulled from a river in southwest China, local officials say.
Residents found the dead ducks in Nanhe river in Pengshan county, Sichuan province, and alerted the environmental department, they said.
Local residents and livestock were not at risk as the river was not used for drinking water, officials added.
The news comes as the toll of dead pigs pulled from Shanghai's Huangpu river passed 16,000.
China bird flu: Two men die in Shanghai
31 Mar 2013 Two men have died in the Chinese city of Shanghai, after contracting a strain of bird flu not previously known in humans, Chinese officials say.
The men, aged 27 and 87, both fell ill with the H7N9 strain in February and died some weeks later in March, Xinhua news agency reported.
A woman of 35 who caught the virus elsewhere is said to be critically ill.
It is unclear how the strain spread, but the three did not infect each other or any close contacts, officials say.
While both men who died were in Shanghai, the third victim was reported in Chuzhou in the eastern province of Anhui.
According to China's National Health and Family Planning Commission, all three became ill with coughs and fevers before developing pneumonia.
Commission experts said on Saturday the cause had been identified as H7N9, a strain of avian flu not thought to have been transmitted to humans before.
There is no vaccine against the strain, the commission said, adding it was currently testing to assess its ability to infect humans.
Another strain of bird flu, H5N1, has led to more than 360 confirmed human deaths since 2003 [u]and the deaths of tens of millions of birds.
The World Health Organization says that most avian flu viruses do not infect humans and the majority of H5N1 cases have been associated with contact with infected poultry.
Dead turtles discovered(Australia)
2nd Apr 2013 RESIDENTS of Sarina have raised concerns after more than 60 fresh water turtles were found dead in a creek. The turtles were found at a popular swimming hole, Neilson's Crossing. Fisherman Wally Keating said he believed something in the water killed the much loved animals.
"I've never seen a fresh water turtle dead and I've lived in the creek, I grew up there," he said. "Something's got to be in the water." The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has been contacted and the Daily Mercury is awaiting a response.
Gulf St Vincent to be tested to explain dead penguins, fish and dolphins on Adelaide beaches
4/4/13 "Consumption of fish caught alive do not represent health concerns, however SA Health advises fish caught dead should not be eaten due to concerns over decomposition and spoilage," a spokeswoman said yesterday.
The assurance comes as a taskforce of experts starts testing water to help solve the mystery of the thousands of dead fish and 16 dead dolphins. The Fisheries Department, Environmental Protection Authority and SA Water will lead the taskforce, which will also conduct tests on the fish and some of the dolphins. Several other nations around the world have also experienced unexplained mass sea deaths in recent months.
Scientific experts from SA Museum conducted autopsies on two dead dolphins yesterday, but said they were still stumped as to how and why such large numbers died in recent weeks. SA Museum senior researcher of mammals Dr Catherine Kemper said the dolphin samples would be sent to pathology for further analysis. She said preliminary analysis showed one of the dolphins was heavily bruised. "It had lots of bruising on it which means for some reason something bumped it or it bumped itself very badly," she said. Pathology results on a dolphin autopsy conducted last week found E coli near the dolphin's blowhole, which Dr Kemper said was an unusual spot to find the bacteria.
UK - 1,000 lobsters wash up on beaches near Bridlington
4/5/13 Unseasonably cold sea temperatures and prevailing easterly winds have been blamed for thousands of lobsters and crabs becoming stranded on the coast between Fraisthorpe and Barmston.
And as statistics show we have experienced the coldest March on record in more than 50 years there are fears that if the weather does not warm up soon more sea creatures could experience the same fate.
A rescue operation was underway last Thursday and Friday after the crustaceans, many of which were pregnant females, washed up on the beach.
A joint rescue operation was launched by the North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority and the Independent Shellfisherman’s Cooperative with the help of local shellfish merchants and fishermen to ensure the survival of around 500 lobsters. Unfortunately the crabs, which were accompanied by countless dead fish, were unsalvagable.
The surviving lobsters were collected off the beach and stored in fresh water holding tanks on Bridlington’s South Pier, giving them a chance to recuperate, before being relocated back at sea on Tuesday.
Jo Ackers, company secretary of the Independent Shellfisherman’s Cooperative (Bridlington), said the recent high tides, unseasonably cold seas and strong easterly winds had caused the sea creatures to wash up on the shore.
“It was awful to see, the devastation,” Ms Ackers said.
And with lobsters unable to feed when the sea temperatures are too low, and the cold causing them to become lethargic, it is hoped the weather will start to warm up soon to help preserve stocks.
“I would hope that’s the worst of it now but we really need for the weather to warm up because these lobsters don’t eat when the sea is cold.
“With the sea being incredibly cold it puts them in quite a lethargic state, almost like hibernation.
“They are going to be very weak at a time when we would expect them to be waking up and going out to get some food.”
And while many of the lobsters have now been safely returned to sea Ms Ackers said the impact it has had on the shellfish industry might not be felt for a few years yet.
“There have been some pregnant females involved so if it has an impact on the industry it will be in a few years down the line,” Ms Ackers said.
The North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority have been helping to return the lobsters to the sea around three and a half miles outside of Hornsea.
Ian Davies, assistant chief officer for the Authority’s Offshore team said in the 14 years he had been involved in the industry he had never seen lobsters stranded on shore on this scale.
Last month easterly winds were blamed for dozens of crabs, along with hundreds of mussels, and a few small fish washed up on Bridlington’s North Beach. And Anthony Hurd, of the Living Seas Centre at Flamborough told the Free Press that lobsters had been found during rock pooling sessions which was unusual.
He said: “We never normally see them that far up the shore, it’s quite unusual to do a public rock pooling walk and to find lobsters. I have never seen that in my time.”
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Foreshore Team will be contacted to arrange a clean up of the dead sea creatures.
'Tonnes' of dead fish found on Swedish lake
8 Apr 13 Masses of fish found dead on a lake in eastern Sweden have left experts theorizing that the harsh winter and icy conditions prevented the fish from getting enough oxygen.
The Dannemore lake, near Östhammar in the east of Sweden, was discovered to be covered with floating fish this weekend as the ice began to melt. Among the dead fish were pike, perch, roach, and bream.
"It was not a pleasant sight, there were tonnes on fish on the lake," Timo Hakulinen, who made the discovery, told the Aftonbladet newspaper.
"It was my friend who tipped me off about it. He'd seen a bunch of sea eagles out on the ice and I went to look closer."
Hakulinen guessed that the fish had suffocated after a particularly long winter had left ice on top of the lake for longer than usual.
"It's been cold and no water has come. The lake was frozen to the bottom and the fish were trapped," he added.
In nearby Uppsala, experts agree that the sub-zero temperatures are likely the cause of the occurrence.
"I've not heard anything yet, but these things quite often are about lack of oxygen. The ice stays on top and the water doesn't get oxygenated," Lennart Nordvarg, head of the Uppsala County Board's Nature and Environment Department, told the paper.
"But you can never rule something else out."
TRINIDAD 190 corbeaux (vultures) drop dead from sky)
April 9 2013 The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) was yesterday investigating the cause of death of almost 190 vultures, locally known as corbeaux, at the Second Infantry Battalion Heliport, Chaguaramas.
EMA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Joth Singh, told Newsday the organisation received reports of scores of corbeaux dropping out of the sky at about 7 am. The initial count was 140 dead, with 50 dying on the ground.
As the birds fell from great heights, some burst open, while others were able to glide weakly to the ground. Liquid could also be seen dripping out of the beaks of the sick birds. And, while some of them were too weak to move, others fed on their dead.
“We have been working in the area doing investigations. The EMA’s main purpose was to determine whether any environmental factors, such as toxic gases or chemicals released in the area, were involved in the deaths. However none were identified,” stated Singh.
He said the EMA called the Ministry of Health and the Poultry Surveillance Unit, who both collected additional samples of the dead and dying birds for further investigations into whether or not it was a biological issue. “The Poultry Surveillance Unit was looking for biological causes. A number of preliminary tests were carried out but they did not reveal avian influenza so they are trying to identify the cause through elimination,” he said.
Instead, Singh said they were working with the theory that the birds fed off an animal that had been laced with poison. The organisations were continuing the investigation as there was no confirmation on the cause of death.
However, Singh expressed concern about the disposal of the carcasses. He said if they were not buried, the problem would be perpetuated as other corbeaux fed on the dead birds. He said they were working with the Chaguaramas Development Authority to find a suitable location where they can be buried.
AUSTRALIA * Another dead dolphin found on Adelaide beach
4/17/13 ANOTHER dead dolphin has washed up on an Adelaide beach - taking the total since March 1 to 24
The discovery at Seaford this morning takes the number of dead dolphins to 24 since March 1.
A surfer spotted the animal, believed to be a juvenile, and contacted staff at Surfing South Australia.
Surfing SA General Manager Craig Potgieter sent in a picture of the animal this morning.
"It looks like a baby dolphin and it's bleeding out of its eye ... I don't know if that's normal," he said.
He said there were still hundreds of dead fish on the beach and floating in the water.
"There is dead fish all over the beaches pretty much from Southport, Seaford and Moana," he said.
Mr Potgieter said he hoped the Government would get to the bottom of the deaths soon.
"It doesn't look like its a natural thing - there is just too many (dead) fish," he said.
Since March 1, dead dolphins have been found across Adelaide's coastline, including at Hallett Cove, Seaford and North Haven.
Researchers at SA Museum have conducted autopsies on some of the dead dolphins which were sent to pathology for analysis. The government is still waiting for the results of the testing to determine the cause of death.
410 pigs and 122 dogs found dead in central China
Apr 17, 2013 BEIJING (AP) - Hundreds more pigs have been found dead in China - this time together with dozens of dogs.
A total of 410 pigs and 122 dogs were discovered in homes and at farms earlier this week in a village that comes under Yanshi city's jurisdiction in central Henan province, authorities said Wednesday. The city's propaganda office said that the deaths were being investigated but that they suspected they had to do with nearby chemical factories. The factories have been ordered to suspend production and help police with a criminal investigation into the incident, according to a report on a Henan provincial news website. No poisonous gases have been found in tests on the air around the village and its drinking water has met quality standards, said the report, which the propaganda office confirmed.
Local authorities said the deaths have nothing to do with any epidemic or the H7N9 bird flu virus that has recently spread to humans. Last month, more than 16,000 dead pigs were found in rivers that supply water to Shanghai. The dumping has not been explained, though police had been cracking down on the illegal sale of pork products made from dead, diseased pigs.
Zhengzhou Tai Lake fish turned belly people suspect that the water quality in response to: or hypoxia due to rain
WASHINGTON In the early morning of May 9, the rain after Emperor lake surface, floating a large number of fish turned belly. Many people suspected a problem with the water quality, the Zhongyuan District Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Monitoring brigade staff said, from the inspection situation, the fish turned belly may be related to the lack of oxygen in rain water.
All fish farmers distressed stomp
Yesterday, 8:30, located Navigation Road tongbai Road intersection the Royal lake on the southeast side of the hordes of fish spit blisters, a sluggish, anemic. The shore catch fish, random shuffled around the hook and string bag to fish in, will soon be hooked to or to groan a fish.
Master Liu Yuejin, who lives in Tai Lake Gardens, remove drive a man to fish and filled the trunk of the car pulled to the side of the road to sell some people have also caught fish.
'The lake is so big, I have no control, only fishing with them.' Talk of the town distressed contracting Royal Lake fish straight stamping, he said the 'turned belly' silver carp, a few one thousand kilograms, so that he lost at least $ 60,000, but only watched people go fishing.
Hundreds of fish found dead in Leiston park pond(England)
Hundreds of fish have been found dead in a pond maintained by a youth group in Suffolk. A man walking his dog through a park off Haylings Grove, Leiston, made the discovery on Monday. The Environment Agency said about 400 fish had died in the pond, which is looked after by the Leiston Youth and Community Angling Society. The group's secretary, Malcolm Briggs, said the cause of the deaths was unknown.
He said it was "disheartening" to have seen the fish, which were mostly young roach, on the surface of the pond. "I've been told it could be parasites or bacteria which are always there with the fish and something has triggered them off," he said. "These things do happen it was just unfortunate it was our turn."
Mr Briggs said there had been no signs of anything untoward on the pond the day before. The Environment Agency said it believed the deaths were not caused by pollution. "Our investigating officers who went to the pond could not see any outward signs of disease, and the fact that all died in a close period of time suggests that was not the case," a spokesperson said.
"It could be that there was a temporary dip in oxygen levels, which is not uncommon at this time of year. "As the water gets warmer the fish are also spawning, which could affect their health. "However, as there is no suggestion of problems in the water or disease of the remaining fish, we are not actively investigating."
Oyster deaths leave farmers with losses
THANH HOA (VNS)— Aquaculture farmers in the central province of Thanh Hoa have seen large numbers of their oysters die since the beginning of last month, leaving them tens of billions of dong out of pocket. The deaths wiped out 60-80 per cent of oysters raised across hundreds of hectares of aqua farms at coastal communes in Quang Xuong, Hau Loc, Nga Son and Hoang Hoa districts. Tran Thi Hien, a farmer in Quang Xuong District’s Quang Nham Commune, said the oysters died due to polluted water being discharged into Quang Nham’s waterways and fishing areas.
In addition, workers harvesting jelly fish have seen the animals die after drifting into tidal areas. Polluted water filled with dead jelly fish also exacerbated the oyster deaths, she said. More than 30 households raised oysters in Quang Nham Commune. Each household has 1-3ha of oysters. For each hectare, local farmers invest VND450-500 million (US$21,400-23,800) to buy baby oysters and run their business. Le Van Thuan, a farmer in Hau Loc District’s Hai Loc Commune, blamed polluted water discharged in the Kenh De River for the oyster deaths. A number of livestock and poultry farms have been set up along the river.
Thuan said he has 7ha of oysters but dozens of tonnes of them died and he suffered a loss of VND700 million ($33,300). Cao Thanh Tho, head of the Thanh Hoa Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Aquatic Product Breeding Division, said samples of water, soil and dead oysters were sent to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Department of Animal Health for tests.
No parasite causing diseases were discovered on the oysters.
However, the amount of ammonia in the water and soil exceeded regulated levels by ten times.
Penguins and sea lions found dead on Chilean shore
Chilean Navy discovers more than 600 dead animals in Punta de Choros, a small fishing town north of La Serena.
The bodies of sea lions, cormorants and penguins littered a seven mile stretch of beach in Punta de Choros, northern Chile on Sunday. The crime scene is in close proximity to the Humboldt Penguin Nature Reserve.
Two days prior the Movement in Defense of the Environment (MODEMA) reported a band of ten fishing boats off the coastline of Punta de Choros. MODEMA and other environmental groups accused the boats of blast fishing — using explosives to catch mass quantities of fish.
Sernapesca, Chile’s National Fishing Service, investigated the scene and determined that all the animals were killed by the same incident. Autopsies report animales with fractured skulls, missing rib cages and multiple abrasions.
Local authorities promptly called in the Investigative Police’s (PDI) Environmental Crime Brigade for further investigation. Microbiological and chemical analysis tests are currently being run to determine if blast fishing is the cause of death.
In Chile, blast fishing is illegal. Companies caught fishing in this manner face prison time and fines. The monetary amount depends on the damage to the ecosystem. However, causing the death of penguins during commercial activities is a jailable offense. Officials from Sernapesca told The Santiago Times that the combined offenses amount to a “serious crime.”
“This situation is quite complicated because of the crime scene’s location near the penguin reserve,” Cristián Felmer, an environmental expert, stated to the press. "This is one of the most important environmental incidents we’ve had in recent memory.”
This isn’t the first environmental calamity at Punta de Choros. In April of last year, 350 Guayano cormorants washed up on the beach. The next month, Sernapesca reported the deaths of more than 80 sea lions.
In light of the most recent crime, the international marine conservation group Oceana is pushing to have Punta de Choros made a Marine and Coastal Protected Area (AMCP). The proposal would limit human activity along the more than 175-mile coastline to eco-friendly tourism.
"While there are two marine reserves in the area, this ecosystem is much larger and has little protection from threats such as those that apparently killed all these birds,” Alex Muñoz, executive director of Oceana, told press.
Oceana filed a joint proposal with scientists from Universidad Católica and the Center for Advanced Studies in Dry Areas (CEAZA) to make Punta de Choros a AMCP in 2010. The proposal came amid plans to build a thermoelectric power plant in the area. The highly controversial plan was scrapped after generating a wave of protests.
Punta de Choros is a small fishing village of 320 people. It is home to the largest population of Humboldt penguins in the world. The site attracts thousands of tourists annually.
Hundreds Of Dead Animals Washed Up On The Shores OF Punta Choros, Chile
Caribou numbers plummet on Baffin Island
5/21/13 Its a shocking decline. In the past 20 years, caribou numbers have dropped by about 95% in the southern region of the island.
A survey by the territory of Nunavut in northeastern Canada conducted in 2012 and released last Thursday, confirms what elders and hunters have been saying, that it’s getting much harder to find caribou there.
Estimates from the early 1990’s put the herd number between 60-thousand to 180 thousand.
INDIA - OIE Reports Nine HPAI Outbreaks in Six Provinces Across Nepal
5/28/13 NEPAL - The Nepalese veterinary authorities have reported nine further outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) at various farms located in Seti, Mechi, Bagmati, Lumbini, Narayani and Gandaki, affecting broilers, backyard chickens, egg layers, ducks and a house crow (Corvus splendens) also known as Corvidae.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 8, stating that out of 122334 susceptible birds, 42653 cases and deaths were reported. The remaining 79681 birds were destroyed. The house crow was also reportedly found dead.
According to the OIE, the birds showed respiratory distress, nervous signs and all affected birds died. Cleaning and disinfection activities in the infected premises are completed. Intensive surveillance activities are ongoing throughout the country.
The source of the outbreaks remains inconclusive.
Hypoxia MOJIANG 1177 tons of fish killed hundreds of people dead fish fishing river shuttle [Figure]
5/26/13 As of 9:30 last night, statistics, Mojiang County Sinan River reservoir cage aquaculture 1,177 tons of fish have died, killed 3.6 million fish, these fish from 86 farmers, economic losses of more than 1300 yuan. A farmers told reporters, so they have suffered significant losses due to "power plant without prior notice to carry out drainage, the water level dropped after the hypoxic fish." Mojiang county government said that the current focus is to rescue fish to maximize reduce losses fishermen, as well as carry out environmental work on the dead fish timely manner.
Endangered elephant killings rising in Indonesia
Killings of endangered elephants are rising in Indonesia as authorities fail to stop poaching
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Poisoning or shooting killed many of the 129 critically endangered elephants that have died on Indonesia's Sumatra island in less than a decade, highlighting weak enforcement of laws against poaching, an environmental group says.
WWF Indonesia said killings of Sumatran elephants are on the rise, with 29 either shot or poisoned last year, including 14 in Aceh province. The group said Tuesday that no one has been convicted or jailed in the deaths that were counted in Riau province since 2004.
The report came three days after two dead Sumatran elephants were found near a paper plantation in Riau, allegedly poisoned by poachers. Another elephant was killed last month near Tesso Nilo national park and its tusks were hacked off. An autopsy found a plastic detergent wrapper in its belly filled with poison.
The group said 59 percent of the dead elephants were definitely poisoned, 13 percent were suspected to have been poisoned, and 5 percent were killed by gunshots. Others died from illness or other causes, or the reason for their death was unknown.
Four dead whales baffle expert(New Zealand)
6/7/13 Scientists are baffled at what might have killed four whales which washed up over two days on a certain section of a West Coast beach.
All four whales were dead when they washed up at the weekend, and all belonged to different species.
The first was a 6-metre long Cuvier's beaked whale which washed up on Saturday morning at Greymouth's Cobden Beach. It is on the list of threatened species.
Later that day, a huge 15-metre long Sperm whale washed up on the beach at the end of Serpentine Rd, just 14 km south of where the Cuvier's beaked whale was discovered.
On Sunday, a 2-metre long juvenile long-finned pilot whale was discovered on Westport's North Beach, followed by a 3-metre long pigmy sperm whale in the same area.
Department of Conservation marine mammal scientist Don Neale says a quadruple dead-stranding within 48 hours is something he's never heard of before.
"It's certainly unusual and it may just be coincidence," he says. "There were some major storms at sea - that's the only likely reason I can see at the moment."
Necropsies of the whales are unlikely so the indiviual causes of death will probably remain unknown.
Local iwi Ngati Waiwai has removed the jawbone of the Sperm whale and the remains will be buried on the beach this week.
The jawbone of the Cuvier's beaked whale has been stolen without permission from the iwi or the Department of Conservation and an investigation is underway to find the alleged thief.
Protests rise against firm over fish deaths(India)
Kochi: While the expert committee report on fish dying in large numbers in the Chalakudy River has not yet been released, public protest is mounting against the Nitta Jelatin Company, accusing it of letting untreated effluents from its plant in Kathikkudam into the river and causing the deaths.
The Nitta Gelatin India Limited Action Council, which has been spearheading the agitation against alleged disposal of untreated effluents from the plant into the river, has intensified its protest since the fish deaths were reported. And people of the five panchayats of Puthanvelikara, Annamanada, Kadukutty, Kuzhoor and Parakkadavu went on hartal on Tuesday protesting against the pollution of the Chalakudy river.
“The legislators, Pollution Control Board officials and Kerala Water Authority (KWA) are being apathetic in dealing with this serious problem. If stringent measures are not taken to prevent further pollution of the river, several panchayats of the two districts will be hit by drinking water scarcity,”said M.P Shajan, member of Puthanvelikara panchayat. But according to initial reports of the state Pollution Control Board, effluents from the plant may not have led to the fish dying in the river.
Dead fish found lying in Velsao storm water drain
Published on: June 8, 2013 - 01:39
Dead fish lying on the surface of water at Dando-Mollo in Velsao. (Sudesh Bhosle)
VASCO: A large quantity of fish and some other marine life has been found lying dead in a storm water drain which is connected to the Arabian sea at Dando-Mollo in the village panchayat area of Velsao-Pale-Issorcim.
According to information received from villagers, they noticed the dead fish and other aquatic creatures floating on the surface of water since Tuesday evening and the quantity increased by Wednesday, leading to a stench in the vicinity of the storm water drain, which is also traditionally known as poi by the villagers.
Speaking to The Navhind Times, Mr Tito Britto, a resident of Pale village, said that the incident of fish and other aquatic creatures lying dead in the Dando-Mollo storm water drain is witnessed every year with the onset of monsoon. He further alleged that the dead fish could be a result of the discharge of chemicals into the Arabian sea by a factory located at Birla, Zuarinagar.
“A large number of fish and other aquatic creatures is killed every year during the breeding season due to the alleged discharge of factory chemicals,” said Mr Britto and further pointed out that despite the collection of samples of the contaminated water by the officials of the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) in the previous years, nothing has been revealed yet about the reports.
He also claimed that the officials of the GSPCB are yet to disclose the reason behind the death of the fish and marine life on a large scale every year during this time.
20 peacocks die of viral disease in Pakistan
Karachi: A viral disease code named 'Ranikhat' has killed about 20 peacocks in Pakistan's Sindh province, wildlife officials said today.
20 peacocks die of viral disease in Pakistan
The peacocks died in the Tharparkar district, which is famous for its desert area and is inhabited by the highest number of Hindus in the province. The area has been hit by extremely hot weather this year.
"Last year also this disease code named 'Ranikhat' had killed around 170 beautiful peacocks before the monsoon season," an official of the Sindh wildlilfe department said.
Saltwater fish die en masse in Ca Mau(Vietnam)
CA MAU (VNS)— Masses of dead saltwater fish have drifted ashore in Bo De seaport, in southernmost Ca Mau Province, since early last week.
According to the provincial Aquatic Resources Exploitation and Protection Department Director, Do Chi Si, experts are investigating the cause of the deaths. — VNS
Liver disease kills 30 cows at Colac farm(Australia)
Victoria's Department of Environment and Primary Industries says a disease that has killed about 30 cows near Colac, in south-western Victoria will not spread to other animals.
The department's director of animal biosecurity and welfare, Tony Britt, says early reports show the cattle died early this week from acute bovine liver disease.
He says the disease is sometimes observed in the western district at this time of year.
Mr Britt says farmers should contact their vet if their animals are sick, but they should not worry about the disease spreading from animal to animal.
"The exact cause is not known with any degree of certainty but it's probably a fungal contamination on the pasture," he said.
"The cattle ingests the fungus, (then) the fungus damages the liver. That's the underlying cause of the disease."
Fishermen dump dead fish on Dibba beach
More than 10,000 fish were found on beach, causing bad smell in area
Published Sunday, June 09, 2013
More than 10,000 dead fish deformed the clear water and sandy beach in Dibba Fujairah after they were dumped by fishermen seeking to get rid of excess catch.
Pictures published by the Arabic language daily Al Bayan showed the fish, some of which have started to decompose, dotted a long stretch of the beach in the quiet town, triggering a massive clean-up operation by local authorities.
The paper quoted fishing officials as saying the fish had been dumped by fishermen who sought to dispose of excess catch to avoid penalties by authorities following the introduction of regulations banning fishing malpractices and setting quotas to be caught by local fishermen in a bid to preserve the country’s marine wealth.
“These fish are a result of bad practices by some fishermen, who dump some of their catch in the water and on the sand,” said Suleiman Al Khadeem, deputy chairman of the UAE fishermen’s union and head of Dibba fishermen’s association.
“This is an irresponsible behavior by the fishermen as it causes environment problems, damages natural beauty and drains the country’s marine wealth.”
KUWAIT, June 15 (KUNA) -- Environment Public Authority (EPA) has carried out a surveillance of beaches opposing Chest Hospital and Maternity Hospital following discovery of dead fish near these beaches.
A team from EPA's water pollution monitoring department noticed, yesterday and today, scattered quantities of dead fish but then concluded that they were dead for long time and not recently, EPA said in a statement Saturday.
EPA said it contacted the municipality to clean the beaches, asserting keenness to follow up any reports of similar incidents to preserve the environment. (end) zak.bs KUNA 152107 Jun 13NNNN
Liao solidarity reservoir remove 10 kilograms of dead fish
Morning News (Reporter Xu Zheng) past summer, in Liaoning Province in the southwest united reservoir can see a lot of squatting on the shore anglers, fish pop out from time to time the reservoir water.
Today, green is still, calm water but annoying. Because three days, from here to fish for fish by more than 10 kilograms of dead fish.
Reservoir fished more than 10 kilograms of dead fish
Liao County Reservoir in southwest united along in the past this time, many people will come to enjoy the scenery fishing. But in recent days, the reservoir side filled with the pungent stench, shore anglers and enjoy the scenery but not who replaced fifty-six fishing network to salvage the dead fish in the network.
Yesterday, the reporter saw in the southwest along the line, about four or five miles long reservoir layer of dead fish floating on the shore, where a fishing boat has already been installed on 34 pounds. Salvage of the vessel, who Ms. Wang introduced, dead fish salvage work has been carried out three days, the first sight of dead fish along the edge of the shore, "the less than 10 kilograms of fishing, mostly carp, 10 cm so, many still fry, I did not look at this reservoir a few fish! "
Hundreds of Bait Fish Washed Ashore at South Durras(Australia)
As harsh weather continues, hundreds of bait fish were seen washed ashore at South Durras. With many of them still alive, a question that arose was what caused the incident. The reasons behind the same still remained mysterious.
The event was something that was never seen before at the place. Hundreds of fishes were seen lying on shore. John Perkins, a Friends of Durras spokesman who snapped the pictures of the fishes, said that the waves came and washed them back.
It emerged that Durras Lake's entrance to the sea has been closed recently. Mr. Perkins said that it may be the reason behind unusual event. Stan Gorton, the Editor at Narooma News, said that the he had never seen yellowtail scad and slimy mackerel piled up like that earlier.
The pictures of the fishes have been sent to NSW Fisheries to find out the reason behind the same. The residents of the Batemans Bay have been asked to stay away from the waterfront as the tides are still hitting the town.
"The tide wasn't as big as the same time last year. Climate scientists say this will be 'normal' high tide in couple of decades. It's a bit of a benchmark", said Narooma local Greg Watts.
It's been so hot even the fish are dying! Wildlife wiped out and cars flooded by a month's rain in just hours as extreme conditions sweep Britain
Around 50 homes hit by flash flooding in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, following heavy downpours
Entire months rainfall hits Pershore, Worcestershire, in the space of three hours as the area is hit by 56mm of rain
Two flood warnings and 13 flood alerts put in place by the Environment Agency
Man, 27, drowns after going swimming in a reservoir in in Keswick, Cumbria
Thousands of fish have been found dead in a lake because they were suffering from a shortage of oxygen as a result of the prolonged hot weather.
Grant Mackenzie, 48, said it 'looked like Armageddon in fishing terms' when he discovered the grim scene in Bulwell Hall park Lakes, Bulwell, Nottinghamshire.
In warm weather fish use more oxygen and microbes in the water grow and take up the oxygen. After an extended period of sunshine, the fish can end up dying unless action is taken to put extra air in the water.
A YouTube user also posted a video of dying fish in the River Lea in London which had apparently also been deprived of oxygen in the hot weather
The fish in Buwell were found dead in the water on Monday, just before the most prolonged heatwave Britain has experienced since 1976 came to a thundery end as a month's rain fell in just a few hours in some areas.
Fisherman Mr Mackenzie, 48, said: 'It was about 6.30am on Monday morning when I found them. In the past I have seen the odd fish floating in the water but nothing like this.
'It is really shocking that this has happened but I do not think anyone is to blame. The heat has caused the oxygen levels to drop in the lake which has killed the fish. In hindsight the council should have come and oxygenated the lake before it got too hot.'
After the hot weather finally ended, it was flooding that arrived with heavy rain. In Southwell, Nottinghamshire, more than 50 homes were affected as a sudden downpour caused flash floods.
Cars were left damaged and the road was left covered in thick mud after vehicles had been tossed around in the dirty water.
Mother-of-four Julie Wells, 40, described the gushing wall of water as 'like a tsunami' after the storm engulfed the village.
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Thousands of Dead Eels Wash Ashore in China
Tens of thousands of dead eels have washed ashore in China over the past few weeks.
The eel is just the latest animal to die en masse in China's waters. In March, thousands of dead pigs were dumped by farmers into the Hangpu River in Shanghai, and hundreds of dead ducks and fish have also turned up in Chinese waterways.
Although no one knows the cause yet, some suspect the China National Offshore Oil Company may be responsible, the website Quartz reported. That company is doubling its crude oil production.
But the company and local administrators say the eels died of natural causes. The company says ocean currents brought a confluence of low temperatures, low oxygen and high salt content that killed off the eels, the South China Morning Post reported.
Hundreds of dead fish in the river Dender in Ath
Hundreds, even thousands of dead fish floating in the river Dender in Ath, height lock Bilhée. Involved, the heat of recent weeks. The oxygen in the water becomes increasingly scarce. Fish do have enough to survive.
When you come up to the lock Bilhée is first smell that takes nose reeks of not fresh fish. Then hundreds of white spots floating on the water surface can be seen.
Jean, a septuagenarian Lessines, just go back to bike along the Dender. He saw a lot of dead fish. He is not happy. "It should not happen. Fishermen pay for their fish. Yonder, further downstream, there are much more, ten times more."
For a few days the fish are dead, but they only begin to rise to the surface. This carnage is due to the scorching weather. "Oxygen is already dissolved in water more difficult because of the heat," said Baudouin Vervaeke, the fire chief of Ath. "And green microalgae are formed on the surface of the river. To grow, they consume oxygen at the expense of fish. "
The only way to limit the damage is to bring more oxygen through a machine. "Waterways have placed a machine in the river, an aerator, which will circulate the water in a violent manner. The air is incorporated into the water, and also oxygen. "
For its part, the Civil Protection will recover all the dead fish to destroy them.
Mysterious mass mortalities of fish in Skåne
Large quantities of dead fish have been found in a river outside Mörarp. The cause of fish death is not clear, but Christopher Strand who live nearby think there is a discharge that has choked the fish.
- The water was milky white in the morning, he says.
It is mainly brown trout that are now floating lifeless in the river, which runs through the village Lydestad outside Mörarp in Helsingborg municipality. During the morning went Christofer Beach down to the river to inspect the fish death.
- There is certainly more than a thousand dead trout. Some weigh up to one kilogram, he said.
Police on the way
Rescue Service were called to the scene but has since turned the case over to the police, who will visit the place during the day.
- A police patrol is coming. They will talk to people, take water and shoot, says Marcus Andersson, assistant internal command at Helsingborg police.
What happens to the fish is unclear.
- There is nothing that we will pick it up anyway.
The reason unclear
It is also settled law what has caused fish death. But Christopher Strand's theory is that in the case of a spill.
- There is a factory about a kilometer upstream.
Christopher Beach think it's about a hundred percent fish mortality in the affected leg and feel that something must happen to prevent fish die in a similar way again.
- It was a release for seven, eight years ago, when there was no penalty. We want something going now.
The river drains into the nearby Vegeå. Environment in Helsingborg is engaged in the matter.
Bahlui, full of dead fish. The cause is still a mystery
Myriad of dead fish can be seen in the waters Bahlui the past two days. The cause of death appears bizarre one at least as long as it was not a hot weather. So far no one knows what causes that led to this situation, but authorities announced that they would be taken to remedy the problem.
"Yesterday (No - Thursday), around noon, a team went to the spot and found that indeed there were dead fish in the river Bahlui. So they collected samples were brought to the laboratory for water quality under the Water Basin Administration Prut-Barlad. Were taken of the fish recovery and install a floating dam upstream of the confluence with Ciric Bahlui, to be held all the fish and that they do not reach and downstream, "said spokesman Water Basin Administration Prut-Barlad, Dan Weed.
At the same time, they also took other measures to prevent the occurrence of such incidents in the future. "It was also maneuvered stavilelor opening from accumulating Ciric 3, or Venice, to achieve the Bahlui dilution. In other words, the amount of water was increased Ciric and increased flow to a similar situation does not arise in the downstream. From initial estimates, it appears that it was an amount of about 100 pounds of fish, "said Dan Weed.
Mystery surrounds death of 25,000 fish in ornamental lake
Mystery surrounds the death of 25,000 fish in a showpiece ornamental lake, which are thought to have died of mass suffocation.
Theories for the deaths include thunderstorms and a deadly form of algae, after environment officials found oxygen levels in the lake at Pittville Park, Cheltenham, were unusually low.
It thought that thunderstorms in the early hours of Tuesday morning could have stirred up silt, making the lake thick with muck.
While it is not thought that the water had been deliberately tampered with, a bloom of blue green algae could also have had a dramatic impact on water oxygen levels.
Dog walkers have been warned to keep their pets out of the toxic water while experts carry out tests into why the fish – mainly young roach with a handful of pike – were killed.
Janice Peacey, a community ranger, said: "We know that oxygen levels are low but at this stage we don't know more than that.
Mysterious fish deaths in Venice, the commissioner Bettin: "Well the survey, necessary to clarify the causes"
"L` lagoon ecosystem is under stress for global reasons and factors locali.Abbiamo need maximum clarity - that we have invoked from the first moment - about the causes and consequences of the crisis which these days has resulted in, among other `, the die-off of a `large quantity of fish in the lagoon." This was underlined by Gianfranco Bettin, Deputy Mayor of the City of Venice in relation to fish kills affecting the Venetian lagoon area. Only yesterday were collected 50 tons of dead fish due to the proliferation of algae due to the heat. "That's why we look with great interest all` open investigation by prosecutors in Venice - continues Bettin - which, we are sure, will help to shed light on vicenda.C `is, in any case, an overall look of concern, and is the stress state that the `entire ecosystem manifested by time, due to global factors (such as climate change in progress) and of purely local factors (the modifications of the morphology, the changes of the currents, the environmental quality of certain areas, the effects of these systemic changes). " For the deputy "particular phenomena, such as heat waves or the persistence of high temperatures, can be aggravating circumstances, just as other circumstances, such as the flush in the lagoon, due to continuous rains in recent months, nutrient that may have produced an abnormal algal bloom and, therefore, with the heat and rot, have accentuated the `anoxia and the plague deipesci.Naturalmente, any episodes of pollution guilty must be severely prosecuted," he concluded.
Heat could have caused mass fish death at Cannon Hill Park
Perished wildlife floated to the surface of the large pond close to the MAC
Environment experts fear the heatwave has taken its toll after hundreds of fish have died at a Birmingham park.
The Environment Agency and animal welfare officers from Birmingham City Council were called to Edgbaston’s Cannon Hill Park after distraught members of the public spotted the dead fish floating on the surface of its lake.
A spokesman for the council said the hot weather could have sparked the incident, which was caused by oxygen levels in the water dropping “considerably”.
He said it was too early to establish how many fish had died, but the incident involved “large amounts” of roach and bream.
“We know from tests that the oxygen levels in the lake had dropped considerably, so the Environment Agency is re-circulating water and oxygenating the lake in an effort to stabilize oxygen levels,” he added. “Low oxygen levels could be due to a number of factors linked to environmental conditions, such as decomposing algae or sediment stirred up by recent storms.
“The surviving fish now have areas which are oxygenated and we will continue to work with the Environment Agency to make sure that oxygen levels stay at the required level.”
The park is a popular venue for families enjoying the sunshine during the school summer holidays and the lake is a regular haunt for anglers during the fishing season.
Shocked visitors at the park yesterday took to social networking website Twitter after seeing the dead fish.
@jumpylegs wrote: “Lovely run this morning but very sad to see so many dead fish in Cannon Hill park lake... even the heron looked shocked.
“Thanks to @BhamCityCouncil for sealing off the lake to clear the dead fish.”
A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency added: “We are supporting the council in any way we can.
“At this stage it’s too early to know whether the low oxygen levels were caused by the heat, but the hot weather has been creating problems elsewhere.”
She urged anglers and other watercourse users to help protect fish stocks this summer.
“Increased temperatures and low rainfall can combine to make challenging conditions for migratory fish,” she added. “Oxygen levels in the water can become dangerously low, placing the fish at risk, and salmon have been dying in the Tyne estuary over the past week as a result of these conditions.
“Anglers and other people enjoying the riverside environment are therefore being asked to promptly report any signs of diseased or dead fish to us.”
Meanwhile, the council also reminded residents not to play in water in public places in Birmingham.
The spokesman added: “We would reiterate advice about the dangers of swimming in ponds and lakes across the city.
“It may seem like a good idea when the sun is shining but water that looks inviting on the surface may have hidden dangers underneath and it will be much colder than you think.”
Fish die after being starved of oxygen in extreme weather
A large amount of fish found dead in the lower Lea river and surrounding waterways were starved of oxygen.
The fish were spotted at various locations along the river, including Springfield Marina and Lea Bridge Weir pool in Walthamstow.
Recent hot weather reduced oxygen levels in the river, the Environment Agency said.
And storms on Monday night, which swept toxins from nearby roads into the river, meant oxygen levels were further depeleted.
Fisheries officers from the agency worked through the night carrying out work to return levels to normal by running water through locks and pumping oxygen into the water at Three Mills Boatyard.
The agency reported that oxygen levels have risen around 25 per cent in the area, creating a refuge for fish including bream, perch, pike and roach
A spokesman said: "We received reports of fish that have died in the Lower Lea river this morning.
"Our monitoring equipment showed oxygen levels had dropped.
"Environment officers are at the scene to monitor peroxide and oxygen levels."
Searing heat sparks second mass fish death at city park
Thousands of fish have died in the furnace heat at a Birmingham lake where council chiefs failed to replace equipment to oxygenate the water.
But both Birmingham City Council and the Environment Agency have stressed freak weather conditions – a mix of burning temperatures and violent storms – are to blame for the deaths.
Members of the public contacted The Birmingham Mail after seeing shoals gasping near the surface of the watercourse at Handsworth Park this week. The fish were struggling desperately as the scorching sun sucked oxygen from the lake.
Birmingham City Council Park rangers were called on Friday to clear the dead fish – only days after a similar incident at Cannon Hill Park, in Edgbaston.
A Birmingham Council spokesman admitted an aerator system in the Handsworth Park pool had not been replaced after it broke “some time ago”. Officials had been looking for a more natural way of oxygenating the water, such as planting reed beds and blamed the weather for the deaths.
One eyewitness told the Birmingham Mail: “I went for a walk around the lake on Wednesday morning and saw all these fish floating on top, gasping for air and making this awful noise.
“It was very upsetting. They were sucking for breath and were clearly distressed. The lake was bubbling and the water had turned almost soup-like.
“It really was a sad sight to see and the stench was phenomenal. I think they really should have pumps in there, especially at a time like this.”
A Birmingham City Council spokesman said: “Historically, there was an aerator system in the pool, but that hasn’t worked for some time and we are currently talking to the Environment Agency about planting reed beds as a natural solution.
“The low oxygen levels experienced this week could be due to a number of factors linked to environmental conditions such as the recent storms.
“We take our stewardship of the lakes and ponds on city parks very seriously and, thankfully, the incidents we have seen this week are extremely rare.”
He added the system had come to the end of its natural life. This was the first time such a problem had arisen.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “These low oxygen levels have been caused by a combination of the recent hot weather and thunderstorms, which have three effects. Algae naturally grows in lakes during sunny weather, but heavy rainfall can cause the algae to die rapidly, which uses up oxygen as it decomposes
“The sudden reduction in atmospheric pressure during a thunderstorm allows oxygen to quickly diffuse out of a lake. Heavy rain washes dry roads, ditches and drains and results in poor-quality water entering some ponds”
Red tide of summer wipes out 11 million fish(Korea)
Fisherman Kim Yeon-bok, 58, went down to check his jwichi (tilefish or leatherfish) farm last week off Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang, and found thousands of his fish floating on the sea or washed up on the beach.
They were killed by a toxic red tide that has engulfed a large swath of the southern coast.
The number of fish killed this year along the southern coast is 11 million, according to the South Gyeongsang Provincial Government yesterday, generating 6.05 billion won ($5.45 million) in losses.
“The catch has been down this year,” Kim said, “So I looked forward to selling 250,000 jwichi. But 90 percent of them have been killed by the red tide.”
The fisherman estimated his loss at over 500 million won. There were so many dead fish, Kim said it would take two to three days to clear them away.
Kim is one of hundreds of farmers suffering from the red tide, caused by massive algae blooms exuding chemicals harmful to marine animals. They are not good for humans to inhale either.
The algae blooms turned the sea a reddish brown color a few days ago.
“My fish farm was totally ruined by the red tide,” said Park Soon-bok, 59, who raises chamdom (red sea bream) and jwichi in the southern waters off Tongyeong.
“It is really daunting to deploy cranes to move hundreds of thousands of dead fish from the sea into the land,” he said.
In Tongyeong City, one of the most heavily-affected areas, 42 fish farms have lost 80 to 90 percent of their fish.
The government is considering offering financial assistance to the affected areas in the South Gyeongsang regions.
Minister of Oceans and Fisheries Yoon Jin-sook visited Tongyeong last weekend and pledged compensation for the damages.
Fish farms along the coast off Yeosu and Goheung, South Jeolla have been put on a red tide alert.
“I suffered a lot last year when the red tide killed a huge number of doldom [parrot fish],” said a 57-year-old fish farmer in Yeosu.
This year’s red tide is expected to be more severe than last year’s, which was blamed on sweltering heat, although the exact cause was never conclusively determined.
Prior to last year, red tides affected seas off of South Jeolla, where such phenomena were first detected. Last year and this year, the waters off South Gyeongsang were first affected.
“Farmers grow really frustrated because we have trouble using red clay to contain the red tide effects,” said the fisherman, “due to the South Jeolla governor’s order not to use it.”
Governor Park Joon-young banned the use of red clay to combat the tide, citing the potential of hurting other marine animals.
He also cast doubt on its effectiveness earlier this month, but the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries countered the governor’s claim.
Also affected is the eastern sea, prompting the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute to issue a warning for the region for the first time in six years.
The fishery institute upgraded a warning for Yeosu and Goheung, South Jeolla as well as the south coast last week.
Concerns are rising of a repeat of the red-tide nightmare of 2003, which resulted in 21.5 billion won in losses.
Experts said the tide could possibly worsen.
“The wind shifting to the south will pose a further threat and there are no signs of heavy rain or thunderstorms in the near future, which can limit the effect of red tide,” said Lee Chang-kyu from the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute.
BY HWANG SEON-YOON AND PARK EUN-JEE [email@example.com]
Hundreds of birds die in Harrow Lodge Park after ‘worst outbreak of botulism’
Hundreds of birds have died at Harrow Lodge Park after the hot weather caused a potent outbreak of botulism in the lake.
Halstead: Almost 500 fish found dead in river
ALMOST 500 fish were found dead in a stretch of the River Colne.
Environment Agency officers were called to the river near Station Road in Earls Colne, behind the industrial estate, on Sunday afternoon.
At this stage the cause of the deaths of the fish, of which 40 were adults and the rest were babies, is unknown.
The officers have been monitored the river between Sunday and Tuesday and said there was no risk to humans or any other animals.
An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Based on a survey on Tuesday morning, we are confident that there will be no further fish deaths.
“We are now investigating the cause of the deaths, and have sent dead fish to our labs for analysis.”
The results are expected to take about a week.
In June last year the same stretch of river was affected after thousands of litres of pesticide spilled into Toppesfield Brook and affected 10km of the River Colne.
Thousands of fish were thought to have died and a further 8,000 were rescued.
Fish were reintroduced into the river in December last year.
Mormoiron: Hundreds of dead fish found in Auzon
August 7, 2013 at 5:13
A fisherman made the grim discovery Saturday, since the authorities are trying to understand the causes of this disaster
Sad discovery as made by a fisherman on Saturday. Hundreds of dead fish floating in the Auzon, in the municipality of Mormoiron. Faced with this disaster, and very likely pollution of the river, the city, the services of the departmental directorate of the territory, IBDS, the federation of fishermen Vaucluse, the union of the Mont Ventoux and the police of the water, were on the scene yesterday morning.
The situation is disastrous. "We made four electric fishing for an inventory of fish. At the height of the bridge D77, we have seen only three specimens and identified over 200 deaths only two kilometers, or one every 10 meters. This is really alarming "is concerned the technician of the federation." L'Auzon was one of the few rivers where reproduction and balance of species were naturally. It will take ten years before it returns to its original state. "
A large-scale pollution
Of course, everyone wonders about the source of this pollution. According to the federation of fishing, it seems that the death of the species is due to a lack of oxygen. Several hypotheses are being considered: a malfunction of the treatment plant upstream, evoked by the prefecture and fishermen. It would have been caused by heavy storms last week, resulting in a stronger discharge of sewage into the river, by the station.
However, this hypothesis has been categorically denied by the IBDS and Mayor Gerard Bagnol claiming that statements were made. Alternatively, a release of chlorine by a swimming pool, that refutes the federation, or a wild crop rejection. In all cases, an investigation was opened by the National Office for Water and Aquatic Environments and fishermen department decided to sue for damages. What is certain is that this is the first time that Auzon is affected by pollution of this magnitude.
Hangzhou Yuhang Tong river on a large area of dead fish are mainly due to high temperatures or lack of oxygen
At 09:21 on August 7, 2013
Hangzhou yesterday morning sunshine, on the surface it is a stench Tong, these dead fish are mainly concentrated in the streets of Long Tong Southview Community and Heinisch tree village junction segments waters.
Dead fish heads are similar, is 10 centimeters long small carp. At first glance, the white one river. Clean river boat cleaning staff, are network network kept the dead fish salvage ship. "We have recovered two days cleaning staff, an estimated five hundred pounds." Yuhang Center for Hu river cleaning happiness said.
The main cause hypoxia or high temperature
Residents living along the river, said on Saturday saw a lot of fish floating on the surface of the water, but did not particularly care. Unexpectedly Two days later, I saw large tracts of dead fish floating in the river, dead people rotting scent as their noses. Although there have been dead before, but only a few only, never seen such a large area.
What causes such a large area of dead fish it? Reporters contacted the Yuhang District Fisheries fishery management station.
Yuhang District fishery department staff analysis, the first few weather down, heavy rain, causing the surface to hypoxia. "Underwater mud in heavy rain under the influence of organic matter on the turn, causing the riverbed silt fermentation, absorb large amounts of oxygen, making the original anoxic water oxygen less likely to cause fish kills. Another possible reason is that the weather too hot, reduce the water level, water quality is not as before. "
Whether the investigation is still in pollution-related
Now basically dead fish on the Tong River have been salvaged, and only a small part of the "slip" floated away with the water.
"We are also aware of the situation just this morning, and immediately contact the relevant departments, salvage of dead fish, avoid secondary pollution. Moreover, we also mansions day capital from the beginning to the long reach of the tree community in this investigation work carried out temporarily found no sewage pipes. "Environmental Monitoring Station of Yuhang Linping Zhang Fei, deputy director of environmental protection," said Tong on the situation looks pretty good, no smelly black water situation, but there are now a common problem rivers that water body fat Green, eutrophication few days later, we will continue the investigation. "
It is understood that the sampling Yuhang water environment monitoring station has been sent to the laboratory testing to determine whether water fish abnormalities lead to death, there will be about 5 working days after the results
More than 4,000 birds to be culled in MP
RAIPUR: Soon after the samples sent from Anjora and Jagdalpur farm were declared positive by Bhopal's High Security Animal Diseases Laboratory, as a threat of bird flu (avian influenza) in Chhattisgarh, the rapid response team of Animal Husbandry's Veterinary Department, commenced disinfection in the region, killing more than 4,000 birds there.
Talking to TOI, S K Pandey, director, Animal Husbandry Department, said, "The cleaning and sanitation work is underway in both the affected areas which would finish latest by Wednesday morning. An area of one kilometer around the radius of infected zones would be sanitized. We had an inspection meeting with the alertness committee, health, forest and revenue officials after the Union ministry advised killing the birds in the affected areas. Nearly 2,500-3,000 birds have already died out of which 500 were in Anjora farm, Durg district and 3,000 in Jagdalpur's Kukkut farm."
He said that the birds, including hens and ducks, would be killed and buried there itself along with disposing off of their eggs, litter and disinfection of their shed. Pandey said that the department will have to be aware about every single death of birds and inform the Centre.
"Nearly 4,500 birds would be killed in this process after which the situation will come under control as no selling and distribution of these birds being undertaken. Hence, chances of spreading the infection are rare," Pandey said adding the department has imposed a ban on the movement of poultry products from the infected region to alerted zones.
Few officials claimed that the poultry birds are also exposed to high risk of bird flu and with the severity of disease, selling and purchasing from other states has been banned for next few months.
Refuting the claims, Dhanraj Banerjee, director, egg industry, said that it was important for people to understand that with so many bird flu alerts in West Bengal, Bangalore and Orissa there have been no declared cases of human infection so far. It commonly happens with the local breeds kept in government universities and veterinary colleges which are not vaccinated properly. "Consumers get scared after such alerts but they needn't worry because the poultry birds or the commercial farming breed are white feathered which undergo advanced technique lab tests. Hygiene and bio security in ensured with the quality of the product," Dhanraj said. Though there have been reports that the poultry business has been affected with fewer sales of eggs and chickens, Dhanraj said that it's also because of the ongoing religious Saawan month when people keep away from eating non-vegetarian food. "Just like how chickens have nothing to do with Chikungunya disease, bird flu has nothing to do with commercial farm birds," he said.
Chemical could have caused mass fish death at Par Beach
INVESTIGATORS probing the deaths of more than 1,000 fish in a stretch of the Par River say they have found a chemical in the water.
The Environment Agency classed the incident as Category 1, the most serious, after reports began to come in on Monday, July 26, of large numbers of dead fish along an 8km stretch between Luxulyan and Par Beach.
Cornwall Council placed signs at the beach warning people to stay out of the water but removed them on Wednesday, July 31, after it was decided heavy rainfall would have diluted any pollutant and washed it out to sea.
Mike Dunning from the Environmental Agency, described the incident as unusual, in that the pollutant seemed to be very toxic to the fish while having no effect on other life in the river.
Its investigations had found traces of a chemical, but tests were continuing to establish whether this was the cause.
"We had some results back that have shown small traces of a chemical in the water, but whether this is enough to kill so many fish is being looked into by an ecological toxicologist and we hope to have some results soon," he said.
John Page from the Friends of Par Beach said members had been frustrated to find themselves having to field concerned visitors' questions about the pollution which they were unable to answer because of a lack of information from the authorities, and he hoped some facts would be forthcoming in the near future.
"As far as I'm aware all is well," he said. "The warning notices came down early in the week, presumably as Cornwall Council thought there was no more risk from the incident, but I'll be very interested now to hear what the Environment Agency does find out."
08/06/2013 at 8:04 | updated on 06/08/2013 at 12:21
Decay of the river toxic leak suspect is expected to Teknos reports
ELY-awaited Teknos research results from the May solvent emissions impact. The company's main factory Pitäjänmäki decay into the river hundreds of liters of petroleum spirit, which killed the fish in the river.
Techno Ltd has a couple of weeks to deliver the ELY-research the May solvent emissions on the environment.
The company's main factory Pitäjänmäki decay into the river hundreds of liters of petroleum spirit, which caused the fish deaths.
In addition, several studies Teknos need to find the leak potential adverse effects of decay of the river downstream of Espoo in a wide bay of the Natura area.
In addition, the company has carried out the river bottom area of animal studies in this and the next fall, on the basis of samples to be taken.
The exploratory fisheries, as well as the standard output of the tasks of fisheries measures shall be adopted separately, if necessary.
08/06/2013 at 10:56 | updated on 06/08/2013 at 16:13
Hundreds of pounds of dead Kiiski has drifted to shore Yläne
Heaps of dead Kiiski is found Pyhäjärvi the beach, Yläneeltä. Distance to the beach ajelehtineiden dead kiiskien is estimated at hundreds, even a thousand pounds. [b]Kiiskien summery number of death is rare. A similar case is known only to the year 2004.[/b]
In 2004, Yläne Pyhäjärven the shore, and Vahoniemennokan Pehkurannan between, about eight kilometers, 500 pounds lying dead Kiiski.
Now, almost ten years later, the same event recurs again. Even the location is the same. A rough estimate of the Kiiski this year of drifting dead in the beach hundreds of pounds, up to a thousand. The first report was made 12 Kiiskinen July.
- Kiiskien a number of summer deaths are rare. I have not heard that this had happened elsewhere in the country, says Southwest Finland ELY-center specialist Harri Helminen.
Kiisket have died in helminth infections
Last time, in 2004, the dead Kiiski studied at Åbo Akademi University. Ruff deaths found in the background of a parasitic infection. Also this time the cause of death kiiskien is believed to be similar to infection.
- Kiiski works nematode larvae as intermediate hosts. In the normal case, the negative force of the parasite is not disturbed. Now, however, it appears that the parasite from time to time becomes active and kills the fish. Dead fish have been the only Kiiski, because this is the only nematode parasite kiiskien, describes a specialist Harri Helminen.
Both the 2004 and this year's ruff deaths associated with deaths in pre-warm cycle. The temperature may be associated with activation of the parasite.
"No disaster is not running"
Dead Kiiski is no longer found in August Pyhäjärven the beach. The epidemic is believed to be over.
- This is just part of the normal operation of ekosysteeminen. Parasites for some reason, between killing fish stocks and other biota. All by itself is a natural phenomenon in question. No disaster is now in progress, reminiscent of Southwest Finland ELY-center specialist Harri Helminen.
Kiiskien continuing investigation into the Åbo Akademi University.
Pakistan - Thousands of dead fish wash ashore
8/6/13 Karachi - Recent torrential rains have not only caused misery for the citizens of Karachi but they have also not spared marine life. Hundreds of thousands of dead fish have washed up on the shores of Karachi possibly poisoned by the polluted rainwater flowing through the Lyari River.
The dead fish, mainly mullets (locally known as boi) are found abundantly in the waters off the Karachi Harbour. Mass mortality of fish has been linked to the chemical-laden rainwater flowing through the Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE), sparking concern among environmentalists, scientists and the citizens alike.
Despite action taken by the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency, the sewage water loaded with pollutants continues to reach downstream at the Manora Channel unabated, posing a grave environmental hazard.
Khalid Mahmood, the co-principal investigator of the Worldwide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF), pointed out the mortality of the mullets, sea bream and scat fish has taken place around Baba Island, which is located in the midst of lower harbour of Manora Channel.
Due to the incoming high tide, the fish have been dumped by the sea in the Chinna Creek, Native Jetty and Bhatta Village areas. The Karachi Port Trust (KPT) has started a cleanup operation with the help of fishermen, who have removed about 35 metric tonnes of small-sized fish. These fish are considered important commercial species that are relished by the locals, especially the fishermen community.
Muhammad Moazzam Khan, the technical adviser on marine fisheries at WWF-P, said this was not the first case of mass fish kill at Karachi harbour. On many occasions in the past, release of chemicals by the industries in SITE has resulted in mortality of mullets and other fish in the Karachi harbour.
He pointed out that industrial waste discharged through the Lyari River had to be tackled at point sources on a watershed approach with the active involvement of all stakeholders.
Khan said that rainwater usually resulted in higher productivity in the coastal areas because it was rich in nutrients.“But when the water passes through the industrial areas, it gets heavily polluted. Rather than being a blessing to the marine life, it results in mass fish mortality,” he added.
Sewage flowing through the Lyari River and Gizri Creek, which receives sewage through Malir River, has already turned the Karachi Fish Harbour into azoic zones, where there is no marine life.
Rab Nawaz, the WWF-P director, stressed the need for a comprehensive master plan for controlling the pollution resulting from discharge of industrial and domestic waste through Lyari and Malir rivers.
“Around 435 million gallon per day (mgd) sewage is dumped into the sea through these two rivers, resulting in extreme high levels of pollution,” he claimed. About 85 percent of sewage is dumped into the sea without any treatment resulting in mortality, bio-accumulation and depletion of area with animals and plants.
The sewage treatment capacity of Karachi is only 75mgd, provided the treatment plants operate at their full capacity, Nawaz said.He applauded the KPT’s effort to initiate cleanup operations to remove the dead fish. The fish have been sold to fish meal plants.
Why Are Millions Of Fish Suddenly Dying In Mass Death Events All Over The Planet?
Millions upon millions of fish are suddenly dying in mass death events all over the world, and nobody seems to know why it is happening. In many of the news reports that are linked to below, locals are quoted as saying that they have never seen anything like this before. So is there a connection between all of the fish deaths that are now occurring all over the planet? If there is a connection, is there anything that we can do to stop the fish die-off? Sadly, because the big mainstream news networks in the United States have been virtually silent about this phenomenon, most Americans have absolutely no idea that it is happening. Millions of fish are dying in mass death events every single month and most of the public is totally clueless.
Please share the list posted below with as many people as you can. This list was originally started by Frank DiMora, but I have edited it and expanded it. If there were just three or four items on this list, you could dismiss these news stories as coincidences, but taken together this list really is quite startling…
-July 18, 2013: 20 acres of fish ponds full of dead fish in Shan****, China
-July 18, 2013: Hundreds of dead Stingrays wash ashore in Veracruz, Mexico
-July 18, 2013: 10,000 lbs of dead fish found in a lake in Nanjing, China
-July 18, 2013: Thousands of fish dead from “lack of rain” in Sugar Lake, Missouri
-July 18, 2013: Large numbers of fish washing up on the shores of Lake Michigan
-July 19, 2013: 2,000 dead fish found in a lake in Vollsmose, Denmark
-July 19, 2013: Hundreds of fish turning up dead in Holter Lake, Montana
-July 19, 2013: THOUSANDS OF TONS of fish have died in Lake Tondano, Indonesia
-July 20, 2013: 3,000 fish found dead in a creek in Madison County, Ohio
-July 21, 2013: Hundreds of fish found dead in a creek in Laille, France
-July 22, 2013: Hundreds of dead fish found in Lake George, Massachusetts
-July 22, 2013: Large fish kill at Grand Lake in St. Marys, Ohio
-July 23, 2013: Hundreds of dead fish in a park pond in Youngstown, Ohio
-July 24, 2013: Massive fish kill washes up in a lagoon in Venice, Italy
-July 24, 2013: Thousands of dead fish in Lake Bulwell causes shock in Nottingham, England
-July 24, 2013: 30,000 fish dying PER DAY in fish farms in Ratchaburi Province, Thailand
-July 24, 2013: Masses of dead fish found in River Lea in England
-July 24, 2013: Hundreds of dead fish found in Provo River, Utah
-July 25, 2013: Hundreds of fish found dead in a park pond in Birmingham, England
-July 26, 2013: Hundreds of thousands of fish dying from “red tide” in South Korea
-July 26, 2013: Thousands of dead fish found floating in River Dender, Ath, Belgium
-July 26, 2013: Mass fish die-off in a river in Moscow, Russia
-July 26, 2013: 25,000 dead fish “is a mystery” in Pittville Lake in Gloucestershire, England
-July 26, 2013: 20,000 fish die along a 5 mile stretch of river in Jiangshan, China
-July 27, 2013: 10,000 dead fish found in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania
-July 27, 2013: Mass death of fish “is a mystery” in a river in Skane, Sweden
-July 27, 2013: Large fish kill in the Bahlui river, “cause unknown” in Romania
-July 28, 2013: 1100 King Salmon found dead in a river in Petersburg, Alaska
-July 29, 2013: Hundreds of dead fish wash ashore “due to pollution” on beach in Veracruz, Mexico
-July 29, 2013: 7 TONS of dead fish recovered from the Keelung river in Taiwan
-July 29, 2013: Thousands of fish die “due to heat and storms” in Handsworth Park, Birmingham, England
-July 31, 2013: 3 TONS of fish die due to “lack of oxygen” in a river in Pilsen, Czech Republic
-August 2, 2013: Thousands of fish dying all over Alaska
-August 6, 2013: Up to 1000 lbs of dead fish washed ashore in Ylane, Finland
-August 6, 2013: 840 dead Salmon found in a creek in Port Coquitlam, Canada
-August 6, 2013: Hundreds of dead fish lining the shore of a pond in Toronto, Canada
-August 6, 2013: 100,000 fish die in the Arkansas River
-August 7, 2013: Thousands of dead fish found floating in a river in Hangzhou, China
-August 8, 2013: Tons of fish washed up on the shores of Karachi, Pakistan
-August 8, 2013: Tens of thousands of fish dying in lakes and rivers all over the U.K.
And remember, the list compiled above represents less than a one month period. The truth is that we have been seeing massive fish die-offs all over the globe month after month.
So why is this happening?
Is there anything we can do to stop it?
I would love to hear what you think. Please feel free to share your opinion by posting a comment below…
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Millions of dead fish appear on the beaches of Tolu
Locals and tourists were surprised by the appearance of millions of dead fish in the sea of Tolu.
Small fish were driven ashore on the beaches in the early hours of Friday.
The wake bright, for the color of the fish, spread over a mile into the sea and the beach.
Among the dead fish native species identified as Amarguita, Conchúa, Bearded and Pelona.
Morrosquillo Gulf Fishermen, said this is an ecological catastrophe that is not normal.
Several of them said that this could be effects of the release of the chemicals used by oil companies in the neighboring port of Covenas to disperse the oil that spills of shipments. Technicians on the subject claim that the case could be due to a number of factors to be analyzed carefully. Death could be the result of contamination from people fishing population, changes in water temperature, lack of oxygen for fish crowding or lack of food.
The director of the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Sucre, Carsucre, Baduín Ricardo Ricardo said sampled both dead fish and water which appeared to determine possible causes of death. The official stressed that laboratory results expected during the next week.
The biological disaster in the creek Kotlanka
Gorlicki. Fishing Guard estimates that the stream was poisoned over a distance of more than three kilometers. Not only killed fish.
Hundreds of fish and contaminated stream - is the result of poisoning Kotlanki, which took place at the beginning of the week. Fisheries Guard estimates that can go up to ponadtrzykilometrowy section of the river.
The fact that something was wrong, Social Watch Kobylanki Fisheries informed citizen. In place of the guards went away.
- Water the entire width of the stream channel was bluish-gray in color, hovered over him suffocating odor. The bottom of the creek and the edges covered with a layer of gelatinous substance, everywhere you could see dead fish. Some really large size. Dwudziestocentymetrowe such as perch - reports Miroslaw devout, Chief Social Fishing Guard. - Part padniętych fish was covered with sludge at the bottom of the pipe and is impossible to identify - he adds.
Apart from the perch, anglers have found roaches, ślizy, chub, hellion, dace, minnow. Some species are protected, for example, said hellion.
The contamination informed the police and fire brigade arrived the team from the Regional Inspectorate for Environmental Protection in Nowy Sacz. The study sampled water.
- The preliminary findings showed that the cause of water contamination was mechanical failure manhole located on one of the private property - said the District Police Headquarters in Gorlitz. If the effluent reached the scale of the tragedy Oil would be much larger.
- As far as the Kotlankę is living in the contaminated section practically does not exist. Sacz district Polish Anglers Association proceeded to inventory losses. Appropriate expertise arises. The low level of ground water and high temperatures certainly did not help restore life in Kotlan-hand. Fortunately, the stream is not distorted melioracjami and still has a relatively high capacity for self-cleaning - says Łukasz Kosiba, President of wheels fishing town-Coaches.
It is questionable future Kobylanka joints that are shallow reservoirs. Without clean water from the creek, they face a shortage of oxygen, the so-called przyducha.
The action associated with cleaning and pipe protection lasted for hours. 20th
- All fish were collected. Firefighters pumped water from this episode. The creek poured hundred cubic meters of clean water. Besides, at my command has been contaminated sludge collected soil around the damaged well, nawieziono new and fresh. All indications are that the sump could be damaged during the field work. It is a pity that someone who it happened, did not inform us. It would not be all this confusion - says Richard Button, Mayor of Gorlitz.
Toxic substances as runoff over the creek are becoming greater dilution. This means that during the first period of contamination effects are most visible in the direct vicinity of its source. The full impact assessment is only possible after a period of time.
- First fish die from lack of oxygen in the water and because of the toxins. These accumulate in the bodies of fish more quickly the fish are closer to the source of contamination. This means that necrosis can be observed for some time after removal of the source of contamination, and a distance from it. In addition, contamination can be reduced not only to fish. Imagine that the stream flowing down toxins, although they are too diluted to kill the fish, then cover the bottom with a thin layer thus leading to the death of benthic organisms, which feed on fish and the creation of putrefaction. The result will be exactly the same, except that later - says Łukasz Kosiba.
Sewage biogas finished in rivers: a firm reported
Civitanova Marche (Macerata), August 8, 2013 - Late yesterday afternoon has been identified and blocked by agents of the State Forestry Corps Stations forest Montegiorgio and Macerata, a severe spill of waste water from a well-known firm of Sant ' Elpidio a Mare the 'Ambruosi and Viscardi'. Fluvial Ete dead and Chienti to the mouth compromised because of sewage, hundreds of dead fish, dark waters with obvious foams pollutants in suspension.
Some stretches of the river ecosystem completely destroyed due to the severe eutrophication of waters and the consequent sudden reduction of oxygen, the risk of algal blooms. Helicopter AB 412, the State Forestry Corps got up early this morning from Falconara, has scoured the whole the area in order to limit the amount of pollution and identify perpetrators of serious environmental crime. Withdrawals by technicians of the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of the Marches (ARPAM) pollution is visible to the mouth of Chienti.
The owner of the company was reported to the judicial authorities for the crimes of aggravated damage to public waters, illegal disposal of waste and jet dangerous things, risks penalties of up to three years imprisonment. Large quantities of sewage destined to fertilize fields, are merged in the river water, resulting in a severe eutrophication of waters and severe fish kills. Agents Stations forest Montegiorgio and Macerata in conjunction with the Environmental Police Unit and Forestry of Ascoli Piceno investigate with the help of aerial surveys and delll'ARPAM, the level of pollution, authorization and documentation in possession of the company in question . The Harbour of Civitanova Marche was activated to check the possible effects on the coastal bathing together with the mayors of the municipalities concerned.
Wing Tai Song mouth a large number of dead fish
People Fuzhou, August 15 (Reporter Zhang Zhibin) on the 15th morning, friends, Chen Hailing micro-Bo said, Fuzhou Yongtai Song Town Dongpo village farmers, due to water by processing Li Chien (candied) workshop sewage contamination caused a lot of fish deaths. Yongtai Song Town responded that the exclusion of sewage pollution, the initial judgment based Pan Tong cause of dead fish ponds hypoxia phenomenon.
Worth hundreds of thousands of fish large number of deaths, claimed that due to water contamination by the upstream Lee dry workshop
"Seeing so bleached year's income, loss of more than ten million." Chen Hailing in micro-Bo said, told local government departments to report, "but I do not know for what reason, just take a more lukewarm manner."
Chen Hailing reflected in Yongtai County Department of Punta lotus ponds in the reservoir, it is understood that the reservoir catchment area of 0.46 square kilometers, with a total capacity of 113,900 cubic meters, is a set of flood control, irrigation utilization of the small (2) reservoir. Chen Hailing sister introduced in the interview with this site, they are long-term contract to the reservoir for aquaculture, but in the upper reaches of the reservoir is a Li Chien workshop recently because the sewage tanks damaged and sewage into the reservoir, resulting in farmed fish appear death of large areas.
"Last year, a similar phenomenon of dead fish also occur due to loss of only a few thousand dollars, Li Chien workshop leader admitted that its emissions caused by sewage and make compensation. Loss of hundreds of thousands this year, Li Chien workshop responsible person refused to pay compensation." Chen Hailing sister told reporters, as of the 14th, ponds where the fish have all died.
According to Chen Hailing sister introduced, as at 18:00 on the 15th around, "upstream of the reservoir that home Lee workshops are busy doing a lot of candied fruit into large trucks for the transfer, this preserves factory belongs to operating without a license."
Hypoxia is a fish pond to determine the initial cause of dead fish pond pan
Song Town People's Government responded that, on August 13, Song Town Dongpo village of village cadres in the library patrol discovered a strange fish, immediately inform the farmers Chen Chuanqin to hedge against. 14 morning, after receiving Chen Chuanqin reflect lotus raising fish in the reservoir after the death of a large number, town, village cadres to look first at the scene and contact Yongtai County Animal Husbandry Bureau of fishery law enforcement unit to send experts to investigate. 15, Yongtai County Public Security Bureau of Interpol team, security team sent the survey sample, has ruled out the possibility of poisoning.
According to Song Town investigation and analysis, the large area of dead fish ponds recent phenomenon causes an initial judgment led to dead fish pond fish pond pan hypoxia phenomenon, the specific reasons need to wait for the test results.
Song Town, said in response, one recent Fuzhou continuous high temperature, long time no rainfall, resulting in high temperature reservoirs, no running water into the reservoirs hypoxia; Second silt long uncleaned, farmers Chen Chuanqin farming about seven years, not regularly clean up the sludge pond, farmers will unfermented manure into the pool, resulting in water too fat, silt and more, cause a variety of microbial fermentation, resulting in changes in water quality.
Lee just pickled dry mill pond, Yongtai demanding the plant sewage treatment
Song Town In response to the question that the dead fish ponds, farmers Chen Zhuanqin a few days ago has been found that a small amount of dead fish phenomenon, 13 village cadres in the library patrol discovered a strange fish, immediately inform the farmers Chen Chuanqin to hedge against. But Chen Chuanqin not vigilant and timely through the use of oxygen equipment, evacuation density, etc., to effectively control the damage.
Song Town in its response, farmers farmer Li Chen Chuanqin suspected cause dry mill effluent reservoir mass mortality of fish, according to preliminary view that the workshop is only pickled pool, engaged Lee embryo roughing, the family workshop, no major scale production.
Song Town stressed Yongtai County as a tourist, the plant's wastewater treatment capacity requirements are very stringent, such as candied enterprises are concentrated in Changqing town built 80 tons of sewage treatment Shunda Food sewage treatment plants and sewage treatment 350 tons of Tamai Square sewage treatment plant. In this regard, Song Town has proposed to Fujian farmers Testing Center (Industrial Road, near the old Fuzhou University) identification.
Song Town also said that municipalities continue to focus on something dynamic, pre-organized personnel to farms, to clean up the dead fish on the library, deep processing, is expected to be cleared tomorrow. Note also urge other livestock farmers safety.
Dordogne, France: thousands of dead fish, likely natural causes
Périgueux (AFP) - Thousands of fish, more than a ton in total were killed in recent days in a pond Dordogne, a rare phenomenon and most likely of natural origin, it was learned Monday from several sources .
From last Tuesday, dead fish, pike, carp and tench in particular, have accumulated on the surface of the pond Born, a water of fifteen popular with fishing enthusiasts Salagnac hectares in north of the Dordogne.
According to the president of the Federation of Fishing Dordogne, Jean-Marie RAMPNOUX this sudden death, which had already produced locally years ago, is of natural origin.
"There have been very high temperatures before the storms, and thunderstorms brought a lot of water and suspended solids, vegetation such. These materials decomposing took all the oxygen in the water, and fish died from lack of oxygen, "he said in an AFP correspondent.
He said that the situation was recently returned to normal, and the nature and crayfish congeners, would handle dead fish.
The services of the State, in conjunction with the Federation of fisheries, are thus not involved in the handling of the incident, it was said at the prefecture.
Water pollution causes the death of thousands of fish in Avenches(Switzerland)
Thousands of fish were found dead due to pollution of the Black Water, near Avenches (VD), caused by a technical problem at the treatment plant.
Thousands of fish were found dead in the stream of black water near Avenches in the canton of Vaud. Pollution of rivers occurred this weekend is due to a technical problem (STEP) wastewater treatment plant located on the banks of the water flowing into Lake Murten.
A short circuit prevented the alarm to start. Approximately 1,500 m3 of wastewater are discharged into the black and Water contaminating wildlife place, including a dozen species of fish, including a majority of cyprinids. The wastewater is discharged directly into the stream and in two ponds and finally into the lake, told the ATS Philippe Savary, permanent storage fishing Vaud.
A study of water samples is ongoing and the results are expected Wednesday. Meanwhile, the municipality of Avenches recommend, as a precaution, to bathe in the lake of Morat.
More than 20 tons of fish die from the heat in a lake in Slovenia
Zagreb, Aug 13 (EFE). - Due to the extraordinary heat, more than 20 tons of fish perished last week in Lake Pernisko, protected natural park in northwestern Slovenia, according to Slovenian news agency STA.
The Slovenian Institute for Fisheries has determined that the high temperatures, which in many places in this country skiing broke records last week to reach 40 degrees Celsius, also caused a lack of oxygen and no other causes of mass death, despite other initial suspicion.
Furthermore, water is heated by non-renewal greatly since Pesnica river has almost dried.
The stench of dead animals on the shores of Lake located east of Maribor became unbearable, and the authorities and the population still have not cleaned the entire area.
The newspaper "Dnevnik" ensures that the local early warning that the disaster of the fish, and occurred three years ago could happen again, and that could be prevented with appropriate measures.
These were not taken due to litigation concerning jurisdiction over the lake between the State Agency for Environment and ARS association, responsible for highways and environment.
STA ensures that the responsibility to monitor the welfare of wildlife in this area still borne by the ARS, meanwhile, claims to have returned to the environmental agency. EFE
Guangdong beside a sewage outfall EPA has now two kilograms of dead fish in water samples collected
Environmental staff to collect water samples
12, the Yangcheng Evening News reporter received a tip that Jiangmen Duruan a farmers village wells roots appeared two kilograms of dead fish ponds. Ponds contracting farmers Mr. Wen told reporters, suspected wastewater pond next to the plant in the rain water will spill poison fish poison. Local fisheries, environmental protection and other departments receive reporters after the investigation of complaints.
Mr. Wen told reporters, where he contracted 27 acres of fish ponds, three ponds were rung distribution, now occur within the lower two dead fish ponds. Reporters on the scene saw, in addition to higher ground a fish pond no dead fish, the other two low-lying ponds with a lot of dead fish floating in the water, most of these dead fish tilapia, occasional individual Four fish mixed up. As the weather hot, all the way to smell the stench. Mr. Wen told reporters that these dead fish from the 11th at 10 am starting to emerge, "the next big storm early that day, I suspect that the rain will be located at the top of a pond in the factory after the overflow wastewater pond filled out contaminated low-lying two ponds. " It is understood that the dead loss of more than $ 160,000.
In Mr. Wen guidelines, reporters saw at the factory wall, close to the pond on one side, there are several drains. Mr. Wen told reporters that some time ago, every heavy rain, hundreds of kilograms of fish ponds have died, when the villagers suspected that industrial pollution has caused, however, that a small number of dead fish, no need to care about no problem, no think about death so much this time.
Reporters at the scene reflects the matter to the relevant departments, half an hour later, Jiangmen Shi Nongban, Environmental Protection Agency, National Marine Fisheries Service and other departments have arrived at the scene, three departments were given three ponds photographed and collected water samples.
Investigators also found beside the fish pond near a sewage outfall from the sewage collection tank factory, but the factory staff could not explain whether the sewage treatment been effective and legitimate discharge, we are unable to provide permit. Plant a responsible person of the investigating officer, said: "We have to open plant in this for so long, no dead fish, dead fish, but this time we came to this check is not targeted, the entire industrial zone effluent are like friends. "Environmental protection department staff has instructed the factory to fill out the form processing, pending the test results came out post-processing and re-submit the EIA. (Reporter Zhao Ying Qi, correspondent Tam Yiu Kwong)
Lack of oxygen: The fish die Gudme Lake(Denmark)
Lack of oxygen has beaten all fish in Gudme Lake death.
Gudme: A cold-blooded massacre in the animal world has unfolded in Gudme Lake.
In the water's edge lies dead fish neatly in straight rows with open mouths, big, surprised eyes and bloated bellies. The waves get fiskekadaverne to rock from side to side while each zombie similar shells splash with their fins in a last attempt to survive. It should prove unsuccessful.
The fish have been asphyxiated in a swamp of algae. The algae is due to summer heat and windless conditions have made the nutrient-rich lake completely green and depleted oxygen.
If the lake is cleaned, there is in principle not much to compete against fish death to come, and something similar could happen in such Ollerup and Soerup Lake.
Thousands of fish killed by collapse of mining waste in Ecuador
The Environmental Management Unit of the Municipality of Ponce Enriquez, warned the general public not to use the river water affected "under any circumstances"
A Shumiral mining tailings, Ecuador, collapsed this week sending all waste to waters of Chico River, which joins the course of Gala, Tenguel and Pagua, which flow into the shrimp and mangroves.
The president of the Vestry of Tenguel, Julio Simbala warned on August 15 that in his jurisdiction were thousands of dead fish, as The Time .
The facts involve the mining Portugalia, head to Barranco Colorado Duck in Shumiral, Camilo Ponce Enriquez Canton, Azuay Province. Furthermore, the Ministry is investigating the responsibility of new discharges upstream of the site of the tragedy. The collapse of a wall of the pool was recorded about 18:00 on Tuesday August 13. Is an "environmental tragedy" said Patricio Sanchez, mayor of Ponce Enriquez, noting that over 13 hectares is evidence the mud swept away everything in its path and affected villages using water for their activities, reported Ecuavisa .
The Ministry Ambienta l told the inhabitants, including the communities of San Rafael, Parish Tenguel, Guayas Province, "to take the necessary precautions such as avoiding the use of river water for agriculture and human consumption, given that do not know the content of it, "he said in a statement.
The Environmental Management Unit of the Municipality of Ponce Enriquez, warned the general public not to use the water of the rivers mentioned "under any circumstances", La Hora.
The Ministry indicated that water samples were taken "in some sectors of the Chico River in order to know which components are part of tailings discharged into the river" to determine the extent of contamination and provenance.
Sustained swimming bags
"The collapse of the side wall of the pool meant that the material is the Chico River, spreading downstream. One of the immediate actions taken was divert the river to prevent the material from being dragged cyanide allegedly by it" informed the Ministry of Environment, and warned that it was ordered to build a dam between the land affected and it will be in front.
Alexandre Benposta, Portugalia shareholder, told the media that this mineral waste spill is a "sabotage" reported Ecuavisa.
The Director of Environment of Azuay, were Torrachi, told The Hour, which handles this "hypothesis of sabotage," but that is something that is going to investigate. "Turn explained that by the time the grant activities mining were suspended.
In response, President of the Vestry of Tenguel, Julio Simbala, said the average Ecuadorian, who does not believe that the spill was an alleged sabotage and presumes the concessionaire, "because according to the leader who inspected the area of the collapse, the pool was built anti technically, since these residues were supported by sacks ".
Witnesses reported that upstream of the spill area, this water down showing a silver color. To rule out that the companies in the Cold Creek and Bella Gal, took the affectation to empty your waste pits until late afternoon yesterday, were inspected.
Guatemala - Environmentalists denounce death of 80 turtles in Guatemala
8/13/13 About 80 turtles have been found dead in seven Pacific beaches (south) of Guatemala since last July, reported on Monday that Guatemalan environmental mortality attributed to shrimp fishing in the region.
"From the first week of July to date, have been sighted about 80 dead sea turtles," which "coincides with the presence of shrimp boats in waters off these beaches," he said in a statement nongovernmental Rescue and Conservation Association Wildlife (Arcas).
"It is clearly documented that the practice of trawl fishing is a threat to sea turtles," explained the organization conservacionsita in the press release.
According to Arcas, people settled in the Guatemalan Pacific Coast located 72 dead ridleys (Lepidochelys olivacea), seven black turtles (Chelonia mydas agazzisi) and one of the species leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea).
"These last two species (are) critically threatened with extinction worldwide," explains the report.
Conservationists and researchers in Guatemala environmentalists urged the government to restrict fishing of shrimp to "establish the impact of economic activity on marine turtle populations," the statement added.
According to the text, controlled gatherers turtle eggs are concerned about the deaths threaten their livelihood.
"These species are a valuable resource to be alive, both as a tourist attraction and a source of income by collecting eggs under a program that allows the collection of eggs, provided they deliver 20 percent of each nest Local a turtle ", the statement added.
For its part, the Ministry of Agriculture responsible for fishing in Guatemala, investigates "the real cause" of the death of turtles, local media said Sebastian Marcucci, assistant director of that institution.
In El Salvador, the environmental authorities investigate whether toxic microalgae are responsible for the death of a dozen sea turtles located in the last two weeks on the Pacific coast of that country.
They investigate the death of 21 turtles in 15 days
MARN believed that the cause has been a concentration of microalgae in deep water
Boats?, Algae or contamination? Whatever the cause for which 21 turtles have been found dead on two beaches Abroad in a span of 15 days, the fact has not gone unnoticed.
Conservationists suspect that industrial fishing is the cause, while MARN technicians investigate whether a concentration of algae 80 nautical miles offshore has led to the phenomenon.
Michael Liles, the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO) confirmed that authorities have contacted those involved in conservation projects to call to report any findings. "I think they want to go and take tissue samples for analysis," he said.
Enrique Barraza, MARN, said the turtle tissue will be analyzed in a laboratory at the University of El Salvador and also analyze water samples for the presence of toxins.
In July, in the Bay of Jaquilisco, Liles recorded three hawksbill turtle deaths. He confirmed that the toxicity of some algae can kill turtles, but thought to die more because of boats beaten or caught in their nets.
"The biggest threat are industrial vessels who walk there in front (of the beach). Lets say about 20 to 10 come ashore dead by a red tide that's like a typical week with shrimp boats," he says.
The deaths have set in motion MARN technicians occurred in two beaches Abroad: Monte Ball and Garita Palmera. Wildlife manager, Nestor Herrera, explained that so far this year there have been 41 deaths of turtles, of which those recorded in these beaches equal to 50%. Herrera explained that most strandings occur between July and October, so the number may increase.
He noted that there are multiple causes. Among the reported cases there are four victims of bycatch and six kidney problems.
A regional phenomenon
Monte Ball and Garita Palmera are near the border with Guatemala, where the National Protected Areas Commission has registered 80 dead turtles.
Since the first week of July, 54 turtles were reported by the Rescue and Conservation Association Wildlife (Areas) in the neighboring country.
The findings occurred on the beaches: The Barrona, Las Lisas, Flange and Hawaii. Among the specimens had 46 ridleys turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea), seven black turtles (Chelonia mydas agazzisi) and a leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea).
"The loss of these two species is especially painful given their status in critically endangered," the association said in its Facebook page.
From this association noted that cases coincide with the presence of sea-water shrimp boats off the beaches Guatemalan mentioned.
"It is well documented that the practice of trawling is a threat to sea turtles", they say. So, prepare to ask the government to cope with mortality of turtles and watch the shrimp boats to determine their impact on sea turtle populations.
If necessary, ask to establish a ban to protect turtles in the breeding season.
Elsewhere in Central America, on August 7, the Supreme Court of Costa Rica ruled unconstitutional trawling.
The judges considered that it has been scientifically proven that this technique "causes serious harm to the marine environment, due to the amount of marine life that is incidentally captured but not used".
The director of the Zoological Foundation of El Salvador (Funzel), Rodrigo Samayoa Valiente urges to determine the cause of death of the turtles.
The latest death reported by Funzel corresponds to an adult Olive Ridley turtle, which was found in the Barra de Santiago. By asking the autopsy, it was found that the turtle had a kidney infection. "I think we have a very strong pollution problem," said Samayoa Valiente.
About 15 tons of fish were killed in Rostov. Probable cause - chemical poisoning(Russia)
ROSTOV-ON-DON, August 16, RIA FederalPress . On the territory of the fishing industry, "Cossack woman", located in Rostov-on-Don on the Left Bank street, was discovered about 15 tons of dead fish. The cause of death, according to experts, could be chemical poisoning. The correspondent of " FederalPress.Yug . "
Dead fish, mainly carp, was found on the shore of the pond area of 210 hectares rybohozyaystvnnogo complex "Cossack woman", which belongs to the group of companies "AGROKOM" passed Rostov edition with reference to the press service of "Agrokoma." It is reported that in addition to fish, the complex began to die crabs and birds. The probable cause, according to experts, is a chemical poisoning.
The incident happened on August 11, the day after the injection of water into the pond from the Don. Experts suspect that, along with the river water to the fish could get dangerous chemicals. Currently, laboratory specialists Rosselkhoznadzor conduct the examination, the results of which will be known within 10 working days.
3,000 fish found dead in dam tail Cogotas in Avila(Spain)
The Douro River Basin (CHD) estimated 3,000 dead fish in the vicinity of the dam Fuentes Claras, in the tail of the reservoir Cogotas, between Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to the deputy commissioner Basin Agency, Urban Sanz, "lack of oxygen" was the reason for the plague, that is because the purification of Avila "performance has dropped because of the works," the storm, high temperatures and low levels of water in that area.
The fish, most goldfish have been collected between Wednesday and Thursday.
TEN TONS of Dead Fish Found in Rio Lake(Brazil)
Kiev pigeons en masse mows a mysterious disease
August 22, 2013
In Kiev is getting more sick pigeons. On the streets often you can see the dead or very sickly birds. According to TSN , usually animated birds became lethargic: throws his head back, walk unsteadily.
In Kiev crawl rumors that pigeon flocks are even up in the air and can not ever fall under the wheels of cars. Dead birds found on lawns and roadways.
A few weeks ago in Moscow started a real pigeon plague . As Russia began to die poultry from Newcastle disease, also called the psevdochumoy. Significant signs of weakness, cramps, mucus in the mouth, bulging eyes with conjunctivitis. In Kiev zoo does not exclude that the Newcastle disease can strike and our feathered. Although no such cases in Kiev registered. In the zoo, to insure against the virus, which can theoretically bring here the wild pigeons, birds are vaccinated and are constantly being watched.
If the behavior of pigeons strange and alarming, experts recommend no contact with them, and especially not to the children. The virus can be transmitted even with the dust.
While veterinarians deny pigeon epidemic, the people of Kiev they have their own version of bird deaths. Like, pigeons are killed because eat poison for homeless dogs. The capital's street cleaners have really started to pick up more dead birds than usual. Blame only the laws of nature, because the survival of the fittest. At the same time sanitary requirements operates pigeons and they really can be carriers of various infections.
22 August 2013 17:18 By Lone Beck lone.beck @ nordjyske.dk
900 fish died in the lake
Hellum: Mill Lake in Hellum has in recent weeks been a sad sight. Local citizens have collected 900 dead fish, mainly trout out of the lake. On the city's Facebook page debatable issue, and several dishes accusations against the municipality. Hellum citizens believe the fish died due to oxygen deficiency which has occurred since the city has been looking Hellum brook outside the lake. Brook running water oxygenated lake. Asger Nielsen, head of department of environment, water and nature in Frederikshavn Municipality confirms that it must be bad with Mill Sea. - We know there has been a bottom reversal in the lake. It happens when it's really hot and oxygen concentration in stagnant water, explains Asger Nielsen.
The belly in the air
This year, the summer heat in a short time after the lake was "disconnected" pelvis, and the effect was dramatically when hundreds of fish turned belly up. It has never been understood that the pelvis should be associated with the lake. - When you get permission to restore a lake, you get it on the condition that there must be space between the lake and streams. The terms also applied in Hellum, but when the lake was cleaned up, one came to dig too close to the pelvic says Asger Nielsen. Experience elsewhere shows that the oxygen-sensitive trout struggle to succeed in a shallow lake, even though the lake is connected with a watercourse.
Fish could have been saved
- At one time or another go wrong. The lake gets a ruseeffekt and trout are caught. The lake also destroys the natural environment in the river, explains Asger Nielsen. Trout in Hellum Møllesø could be rescued. - I will not deny that we could have pulled seines, if we had known there were so many trout in the lake. It is quite a costly affair, but we might have got the locals to help, says Asger Nielsen, adding: - It was not our view that there were so many trout that were caught in the lake. We are also tired of it.
Fish are found dead in creek in rural Itajai
An environmental crime may have caused the death of thousands of fish in a creek in rural Itajaí. The animals were found dead on the morning of Thursday. Many have washed away, but some were in the margins.
Locals noticed changes in the water still in the creek late Wednesday. Hermelindo Lourenço Gomes noted that on the same day was too much foam in the creek. One of the suspicions of the population is that the domestic sewage that is dumped daily in the stream may have caused the death of fish.
According to the Environment Foundation, the reason this is certainly not, otherwise there would be dead fish every day, which is not true. For technical coordinator Famai, Carlos Alberto Rebelo, some chemical must have caused the damage. If proven environmental crime, the official will have to pay a fine and suspend the activities that caused the damage.
Stench of rotting fish keeps park visitors at bay
REPULSIVE: Ampang Hilir Lake Garden regulars have stopped going to the scenic spot after thousands of fish were found dead in and around the lake
KUALA LUMPUR: THE recent discovery of dead fish at the scenic Ampang Hilir Lake Garden has raised concerns among park goers and residents in the area.
The fish were first discovered by a group of park goers on the second week of the fasting month. They said the unbearable stench had forced them to abandoned their visits there.
This was not the first such incident at the lake as there had been similar incidents, dating back to 2009. A Streets check found that the edge of the lake covered with algae and garbage. There was also a strong stench coming from the lake. However, we saw no dead fish as they had been cleared away.
A jogger, who wanted to be known only as Din, said that City Hall should be more proactive in carrying out maintenance at the lake.
"Many people frequent the lake daily. City Hall should ensure that the place is well kept," he said.
A City Hall worker, who declined to be named, said that the dead fish were cleared away after the supervisor of the park was informed of the matter.
"It took four days for the workers to clear all the dead fish. They had to go around the lake in a small boat to collect all the rotting fish," he said.
The worker also said that there had been numerous complaints from park goers about the foul smell of rotting fish.
"We can only dispose of the fish and hope that the smell will eventually go away," he said.
Former American Chamber of Commerce president Nicholas S. Zefferys wrote a letter to the New Straits Times recently about how the lake, an abandoned tin mine, was subsequently filled with water and seeded with fish.
"City Hall had built a delightful walkway and facilities for residents and trekkers.
"Today, this lake is cesspool of hundreds of dead fish floating on the surface amid a thick film of sewage, decay and rot.
"The stench is so bad we have discontinued our walks there, as our clothes became infused with the odour. No one walks there now except the hardy or indifferent," he wrote.
A spokesman for City Hall said that the dry season was killing the fish.
"There are 10 inlets which are connected to the lake and one outlet that channels the water out of the lake. During the dry season, the water level subsides causing the level to drop below the outlet.
When this happens the water cannot be channelled out and as a result, the lake begins to collect garbage and contaminated water," he said.
The spokesman said that City Hall will be monitoring the lake garden. "We have already engaged a contractor to clean up the lake and start water treatment. As a long-term measure, we will be building a reservoir to treat the water that is channelled into the lake," he said.
For second time in a month, dead fish wash ashore(Pakistan)
Something’s terribly wrong at the seashore. For the second time within a month, a large number of dead fish have washed ashore in Karachi
While the quantity of fish is quite small as compared to the last time, fisheries’ experts believe the mass killing this time has been caused by “red tide” – a natural phenomenon which occurs due to the immense growth of marine algae usually in coastal waters.
Red tides, locally termed “mara paani” (in Sindhi) and “bad aab” (in Baloch language), can produce natural toxins or deplete dissolved oxygen, resulting in the death of marine and coastal species of fish and even sometimes birds and marine mammals.
On August 5, around 100 metric tonnes of dead fish, mainly grey mullets, had washed ashore on the beaches of Karachi between Baba Island and Chinna Creek. The mortalities were attributed to the toxic rainwater flowing in the sea from Lyari River, which flows through the industrial areas.
This time, a small quantity of dead fish, including tigertooth croaker, mullets, terapons, scat and seabreams, have been beaching in patches along the Clifton beach since Saturday.
While the dead fish have been attributed to red tide, the reason for the sudden growth of algae is not well understood, experts at World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF) said on Monday.
“But the recurring mortality of natural fish stocks may severely affect the livelihood of the fishermen in the coastal areas,” pointed out WWF-Pakistan Director Rab Nawaz.Fish deaths on account of toxic phytoplankton can be widespread and direct or indirect consumption of such organisms can be harmful for humans.
The WWF-Pakistan has collected samples of the dead fish for analysis to identify the species of phytoplankton causing mass mortality.Moazzam Khan, the marine fisheries technical adviser at WWF-Pakistan, said abrupt growth of toxic phytoplankton was known as “harmful algal bloom”.
Phytoplankton is not harmful to humans and marine animals. But owing to a number of reasons, some of which are still not well understood, these algae grow in millions changing the colour of the water ranging from green to blood red.
Red tides are a regular occurrence in Pakistani waters often resulting in mass mortality of fish. Khalid Mahmood, the co-principal investigator, and Saba Ayub, the data enumerator at WWF-Pakistan, who surveyed the area pointed out that fish mortality was widespread along the entire Clifton coast, mainly at Do Darya and Sea View but the quantities were not large.
Most of the dead fish have already been collected for fish meal processors. Khan was concerned that use of such fish for fish meal and human consumption could lead to serious health issues.
He pointed out the WWF-Pakistan was working with the National Institute of Oceanography to identify the species of phytoplankton responsible for fish mortality. The first such record in Pakistani waters dates back to the 13th century. A red tide in 1906 resulted in the elimination of the entire stock of oysters from waters of Sindh.
The WWF-Pakistan has urged research organisations to keep an eye on the appearance of harmful algal blooms and set up a regular monitoring system as some of these blooms can be harmfully toxic and may lead to serious health issues.
In Puno, snowfall hit areas were declared emergency(Peru)
President Ollanta Humala took today helps Carabaya provinces, Sandia, Lampa, San Antonio de Putina, Melgar, Puno and El Collao
President Ollanta Humala announced that seven provinces of Puno will be declared in emergency due to heavy snowfall - which have left hundreds of families isolated and more than 250 000 dead alpacas.
The president flew over the areas affected by the low temperatures and falling snow, the worst in a decade . Then signed the standard state of emergency declared in the provinces of Carabaya, Sandia, Lampa, San Antonio de Putina, Melgar, Puno and El Collao.
Humala, who was accompanied by Minister of Housing René Cornejo , delivered 10,000 blankets, medicines, food and other items. Also 13 000 bags of oats and medicines for animals. He also announced that he will return tomorrow to Puno with more help for the affected population.
Earlier, the Civil Defense deputy regional government of Puno, Percy Quispe, said it has ordered the suspension of classes in 16 schools in the province and state of immobility of the hospital staff.
In ten days, five dead whales stranded on the coast of ES
Humpback whale was found death on Tuesday (27) in Linhares.
Vila Velha had also recorded other strandings.
A Humpback whale species was found dead Beach Depth of Ipiranga, Linhares, Northern Spirit , on Tuesday. The 35-ton mammal was an adult male and was 14.5 meters long. Since March 18, there have been five recorded cases of stranded whales along the coast of the State, all in a state of decomposition. An expert explains that such cases are common this time of year. The whale will be buried on the beach by the city.
According to biologist Erick Berger, whales migrate to the coast and are more vulnerable to accidents that can cause death. "They come here to breed and the females give birth to the puppies. And coming here, they are more susceptible to impacts with vessels, the water closest to the mainland are already more polluted. All this can influence the cause of their death, "he said.
On Sept. 18, some twelve miles from the site where the whale was found today, another humpback also ran aground. She was 12 feet long and was found by local residents. After that day, according to the Institute Orca, four other whales stranded on beaches of the Holy Spirit.
The two whales found in Linhares will be buried in the same beach. All service will be made by the city.
Eighty sea turtles wash up dead on the coast of Guatemala
Eighty dead sea turtles have been recorded since the first week of July on the country's southeastern beaches
An assortment of marine animals and birds reside along the black volcanic sand beaches of Guatemala's Pacific coast, but lately both residents and visitors on the southeast beaches of the country have observed a tragic event – the stranding of dead sea turtles.
Eighty dead sea turtles have been recorded since the first week of July on the beaches of La Barrona, Las Lisas, Chapeton and Hawaii according to a statement released by the Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association (ARCAS), a Guatemalan non-profit organization formed by citizens in 1989.
"The entire coast has historically been a significant nesting area for olive ridley and leatherback sea turtles," Colum Muccio, ARCAS administrative director, told mongabay.com. While not known to nest in Guatemala, east pacific green turtles forage in estuaries and mangrove waterways along the Pacific coast.
Tucked between Mexico and El Salvador, the 250 kilometers of coast is divided by 14 river mouths and peppered with beautiful mangrove wetlands and lagoons. In 1993, ARCAS initiated conservation activities in the Hawaii area with hopes of counteracting threats to leatherback and olive ridley sea turtle populations. The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is currently listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List, while the olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) is listed as Vulnerable.
"We manage two of the 24 hatcheries on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, and carry out research and advocacy for sea turtle conservation," Muccio said.
According to the statement, nearby residents are worried because sea turtles are a valuable resource. Not only do the sea turtles draw tourists to the coast, but, despite their endangered status, the eggs are also a source of income.
"Sea turtle conservation efforts in Guatemala rely on the use of hatcheries, which are managed as part of a quasi-legal egg harvest," Muccio said. "Villagers are permitted to collect eggs that are deposited on Guatemalan beaches on the condition that 20 percent of each clutch is donated to a nearby hatchery."
The system was initiated in the mid 1980s to promote the sustainable use of sea turtle eggs, Muccio continued. The operating hatcheries along the Pacific coastline function at various levels based on financial resources of the administering organization.
Muccio states many hatcheries are underfunded, short-staffed and operating with limited scientific knowledge. Several hatcheries do not carry out beach monitoring or research activities, contributing to the deficit in accurate nesting and stranding data.
"Many projects are lacking in the key elements necessary for the present community-based conservation system to function successfully," Muccio said.
In addition to egg harvesting, one of the main threats to sea turtles on the Pacific coast of Guatemala is fisheries by-catch. The statement notes that the appearance of dead turtles on the beach coincides with the presence of shrimp trawlers in waters off these beaches.
"I don't think it's a coincidence that when shrimp trawlers appear in the ocean that we begin having stranded turtles," Muccio said.
Although Guatemalan trawlers are required to use turtle excluder devices (TEDs), Muccio said that enforcement is difficult and fines are very light.
"We are currently working on instituting a ban on bottom trawling," said Muccio. "This has recently been done in Belize, Costa Rica and Ecuador and El Salvador doesn't allow them closer than 3 miles from shore."
Leading marine turtle conservationists and researchers presented a petition to the government of Guatemala expressing their concern. According to the statement, the petition requests that the government take action to counter the mortality of sea turtles, including the monitoring of shrimp trawlers to establish the impact on marine turtle populations.
"Sea turtles are also very much part of the identity of the local culture and local communities often take pride in their hatcheries and their contributions to save the sea turtle," Muccio said.
Henan artificial Dongting night one million kilograms of dead fish
Is called the North "artificial Dongting," Asia's largest artificial reservoir overnight plains over 100 ten thousand kilograms of dead fish have emerged! WASHINGTON reported, Henan Zhumadian City Suya Lake and the lake, recently covered with anti-belly farmed fish, but also because of the hot weather and rapid decay, disgusting stench filled the entire reservoir area, the fishermen estimated loss of over a thousand million.
Reported that the official informed that, or because of a sudden the water due to the low dissolved oxygen. But all are merely questioned the real reason for suspected serious water pollution, requires the authorities conduct a thorough investigation.
"Color red flow into the cage, the fish began floating head, not a moment on the whole float came." Reservoir fishermen Luo Xinhua recalled their own farms, more than 50,000 kilograms of grass carp, small fish, etc., on Saturday night all of a sudden death, he fish for decades never met the same situation. "Fish are a couple of kilos, in accordance with a wholesale price can sell a 10-20 yuan." Reported that he estimated losses of more than 60 million, and refers only to South Reservoir alone more than 100 million kilograms of fish deaths North Reservoir more heavy losses, many farmers lose everything.
Reported that Suya Lake Reservoir Authority, said there are still some serious rotting fish not picked up, the serious pollution of reservoirs and lakes. The shore fish processing less because too many start crawling maggots and stench smoked day, deplorable sanitary conditions, municipal government asked farmers buried the dead fish unified treatment to prevent bad bacteria spread.
According to the monitoring results of the official notification refers to the analysis of water quality incident oxygen fish survive just one-sixth of the standard to one-third is estimated to be the main cause large fish kills. According to reports, but industry insiders questioned another insider, the lake has a number of loach, fish, turtle, even though the lake without water, drilling mud loach can survive, while the shark is no oxygen in the water climbed ashore, not As all dead. Municipal Bureau of Agriculture also refers to fish hypoxic death only appearance, has invited experts to assist Provincial Academy of Fishery thorough investigation.
Suya Lake "artificial Dongting" reputation, is Asia's largest artificial reservoir plain, an area of over 4700 square kilometers, the annual production of 30 kinds of fish.