Fisheries experts say that dead fish washed up on a long stretch of the northern coastline were not killed by pollution
Instead, it’s a sign that fish stocks are flourishing.
The island’s director of fisheries, Karen McHarg visited the scene on Saturday and spoke to a member of the public who had reported the incident.
She told us: ‘It’s very important to emphasise that this hasn’t happened as a result of pollution and that people have nothing to worry about. It appears that a large shoal of juvenile herring has been driven onto the beach by a shoal of feeding mackerel. Bass do the same thing with herring sprats.
‘This does happen occasionally at this time of year and has been reported in other places around the Island in previous years, for example in Peel.’
There appeared to be millions of dead fish on the beach between Ramsey and the Point of Ayre. However, the experts say this would have been only a small proportion of a huge shoal.
Mussel growers in western France have called for emergency state aid as they face an “unprecedented” squeeze following a 90-per-cent plunge in production of the shellfish blamed on bad weather and pollution.
With not nearly enough local supply to meet demand for the beloved delicacy, French restaurants are now being forced to rely on imports of Irish, Dutch and Italian moules to accompany their frites.
Producers in the Atlantic port of La Rochelle say the decline, which started six months ago, is catastrophic for the local economy. They have staged two protests in recent weeks, dumping piles of oyster shells and dead mussels outside the Préfecture to demand action over a crisis they attribute to seawater contamination.
“Normally we would collect five to seven tonnes of mussels a day at this time of year,” said Hugues Morin, a 46-year-old mussel producer. “Now we’re only getting about 100 grammes (3.5 ounces).” Mr Morin, who employs six workers, said he had collected “almost no mussels to sell this season” after producing 750 tonnes of the shellfish last year.
Mr Morin and other growers said they had never seen so few live adult mussels of a marketable size on the “bouchots” – wooden pilings in the sea with ropes wrapped around them where the mussels grow.
“Storms and heavy rain last winter favoured the development of the bacterium Vibrio splendidus,” according to Jean-Pierre Baud of the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER). “These bacteria have always existed but they are now being found in larger quantities, which could explain the abnormally high death rate of mussels.” However, growers are sceptical. “That’s what they want us to believe but I think it’s also because of the poor quality of the water and pesticides that pollute the rivers that feed water into the sea,” Mr Morin said. His father, Jean-Luc, 73, said he had “never seen anything like it”.
A spokesman for local shellfish producers, Benoît Duriveaud, said pollution was the main cause: “The seabed around the harbours is cleared to allow boats to come in and out and all the sludge and sediment that’s scraped up is chucked into the sea.”
Mussel growers estimate their losses at about €20 million (more than £16 million) or 10,000 tonnes of mussels, equivalent to about a fifth of national production. The worst-affected Charente-Maritime region is France’s third largest mussel producing area after Brittany and Normandy.
Even in a good year, the French eat more mussels than they produce, making up the shortfall with imports from other European countries.
Growers in Charrente-Maritime, who fear they could be driven out of business, are lobbying the government for emergency aid to help them survive the crisis. A spokesman for the Ministry of Transport and Fisheries said €1.5 million (£1.2 million) would “soon be made available”.
The collapse in production has led restaurants that specialise in moules-frites such as the “Léon de Bruxelles” chain and the renowned Chicorée in the northern city of Lille to turn to suppliers in the Netherlands, Italy and Ireland.
Organisers of Lille’s annual flea market, the Braderie, where up to 800 tonnes of mussels are eaten in only two days in September, are confident there will be no shortage of moules-frites this year – but only thanks to imports.
Oyster production has also been hit. A mysterious disease is believed to have caused the deaths of up to 80 per cent of adult oysters in farms around the French coast last year. Production has fallen by more than a third since a devastating virus struck in 2008.
The strong odor given off the beaches of the areas allowed this gruesome discovery, however, was not reported by the residents of the nearby areas.
According to Canal N, Fabricio Escárraga, captain of the port, did not rule out the flesh of these birds will be sold on a black market, as fate would have some restaurants.
Therefore, made an appeal to the residents of the area to denounce the unscrupulous who would be behind the incident.
The newspaper report drew attention to the lack of interest that the authorities would have shown respect. Only the harbourmaster came to the area. Still not the prosecutor or the portfolios of Environment and Production.
ON FIRST glance you might not recognise anything out of the ordinary in these photos.
But on closer inspection you’ll see thousands upon thousands of dead whitebait.
The fish reportedly became stranded at the bottom of Devil’s Point tidal pool earlier in the week after being chased in by mackerel.
Because of the huge amount of whitebait in the pool, the owners of Devil’s Point Cafe drained the site.
An eyewitness said: “It was absolutely swarming with seagulls.”
The dead specimens representing over 30,000 kilos of fish, mostly mullet, and other also typical of wetlands as sea bass, eel and carp species. This property only Agrícola Pantanet, responsible for economic use about three million square meters included in the Natural Park, which is far economic loss of 200,000 euros. The land that encompasses the Santa Fe Swamp, as well as the place is called, about 90% belongs to the municipality of Santa Pola, while the rest of the wetland is in Elche.
Since the company Pantanet say that while they can not replace the water found in the minimum flows, “fish kills will occur” and can double the economic losses of the company. ” They add, “could be affected tourist operations carried out in the area.” In this sense Moses Serrano, responsible for the direction of the Santa Fe Swamp, highlights the tourist and environmental work of the company in addition to raising and selling of different fish, the presence at the International Tourism Fair (Fitur) and different packages of guided tours that take place in the area of the wetland as part of the Parque de Las Salinas.
The investment is made on the farm is fully funded by the company itself Agricultural Pantanet. Therefore, given the tourism cooperation made by the company with the Natural Park, claiming “funding and economic aid to conselleria” because although they have the cooperation of the City of Santa Pola, this has not translated into monetary grant.
In this regard, point compensation formulas as established by the Government to Lift Irrigation Community (left bank), owner of Hondo Natural Park.
To mitigate the effects of the intense heat and lack of rain, according to Moises Serrano, ‘an economic investment that continue the exploitation of tourist and entrepreneurially wetlands is necessary. ” From Pantanet, emphasize that high temperatures and low rainfall, have done nothing to uncover the problem of financing needed in the area to stop and solve the death of the fish that occurs every day in rearing ponds.
While relying on a response from the administration, the staff of the company continues to draw every day hundreds of dead fish. This situation looks set to worsen without rain or water inputs to the views.
Fishermen are concerned Sevillano
The emergence of a large number of dead fish in the Great Swamp, mostly small sizes and fingerlings have worried fishermen village of Sevillano, rural area Cienaga, Magdalena. Ecological and environmental emergency, they say, is caused by lack of oxygen in the pond and sedimentation of streams.
According to the fishermen concerned, the situation is quite complex Swamp, coal pollution, oxidation pond that flows into it, as well as the excessive entry of sea water are factors that are destroying this important reservoir of water, plants and animals without entities like Corpamag do anything to save her.
Similarly, residents and fishermen in rural areas cienaguera say since they started operating the coal ports, gradually pollution problems of the Cienaga Grande increased.
“With the recent rain entered a little sweet to the swamp water, and the abrupt change killed a few fish around, like a yellow and rotten mud going all the bank and no one knows where it comes from,” said community leader and fisherman Sevillano, Bishop Juan Domingo Melendez, who said that about 600 families are affected by this situation.
In September each year in Bakircay experienced in Bakircay River fish deaths started early this year. Omar was born in the south of Balikesir from Mount Çandarlı Bakircay River flows into the Gulf of mass fish deaths in the local people were worried.
After Kurfalli and Yenikent Sindh reached the neighborhood smell of dead fish began to spread around. Rustam residents Sever, around and under the bridge over the river moribund broadcast, mullet and carp too much of the numbers, he said.
Factory acidic water empties
Rusty Shepherd, “which could lead to all kinds of diseases we experience a major environmental disaster. Because of pollution in the water the fish are dying every year but this year a lot,” he said. Joseph workday if the citizens’ the following allegations found: “Sinderen passing Bakircay tomato sauce factory by the acidic waters are being taken. August and September in the Bakircay the fish are destroyed. District of dead fish smells. These pollution and environmental disaster, someone stop now, say. Every year, thousands of fish are dying in Bakircay. Our Animals here is drinking water. our field we’re watering it with water. poisoning animals and fish to the water. ”
Bergama Chamber of Agriculture President Nuri Taşkıranoğul the 129-kilometer-long river watering Bakircay Plain argued that natural life threatened. Taşkıranoğul the following information: “Every year from the dam Bakircay water is given. September, in the water withdrawn Bakircay occurrences of Soma starting from pollution is increasing. Coal waters and Pergamon except the towns and villages of all household waste here is discarded. Factories chemical waste blows. Paste factory waste leaves. Two years ago, Ege University Faculty of Fisheries of the help was requested. Reports fish of the ammonium and sulfite amount is too much increased and dissolved oxygen amount close to zero have been caused by the said. aquatic pesticide normal limits in the range was found. Provincial Directorate of Food, Agriculture and Livestock’s analysis that it is not conducive to fish in the water. Given the available documents it is understood that the fish died from lack of oxygen. ”
Visitors and residents near Foster City’s Gull and Marlin parks may have witnessed a natural phenomenon last weekend as thousands of anchovies died and washed ashore on the lagoon’s beaches because their sheer volume depleted the oxygen they needed.
Once city officials noticed the dead fish washing ashore and in the lagoon, which is fed by the Bay, they immediately began to test the water and have since cleaned most of them up, said Public Works Superintendent Mike McElligottt. The quality of the water was safe, however, it did show it was depleted of more oxygen than usual, McElligottt said.
Although the event was unusual for Foster City and hasn’t happened in at least the 10 years McElligottt said he’s worked for the city, there is a biological explanation for it.
“This particular incident has not happened. But we have had fish die off about five or six years ago due to a red tide,” McElligottt said. “We tested (the lagoon) for dissolved oxygen, it was low in those areas and I didn’t realize what was going on until I called the National Marine Fisheries Service.”
Sometimes anchovies school so close together or get stuck in a narrow water body that over a period of time they deplete the water of oxygen and consequentially suffocate, said Steve Miller, administrative officer for the Fisheries Ecology division in Santa Cruz, a sub-branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Incidents such as this are uncommon, but the Santa Cruz Harbor experienced a similar and larger anchovy event when millions died around July 31, Miller said. The harbor is narrow and increased sightings of whales and seagulls can be an indicator that anchovies are nearby, Miller said.
“The anchovies had been along the coast for several months and that’s what brought the whales in and there’s been huge swarms of seagulls, Miller said. “It probably took a week for them (anchovies) to accumulate, then they get trapped and then the water gets inhaled and goes through their gills. And that’s what gills do, it filters oxygen out of the water so they basically suffocate.”
McElligott said the city wasn’t aware that there were specifically anchovies in the lagoon and it can be hard to tell.
“We don’t do a check to see what kind of fish are in there, but since we let water in from the Bay, we don’t know what sea creatures are getting in,” McElligott said. “With the water the way it is, it’s murky because it’s brackish like the Bay. … Also, we dye the lagoon a blue color and the reason for dying it is not just to have it look pretty, it’s to prevent algae and subsurface grass from growing so we don’t have to kill it with chemicals.”
Since the anchovies appeared, the city has cleared them from the beaches and it’s likely those that hadn’t washed ashore have submerged, McElligott said. The city has also left labeled containers for residents to dispose of any they find on their property. The containers will be emptied twice daily, in the morning and afternoon in an effort to reduce odors. Plus, the seagulls have certainly helped out, McElligott said.
Miller said it’s difficult to prevent a natural incident such as this from occurring, short of completely blocking off the water. Although anchovy die-offs such as Santa Cruz’s and Foster City’s are uncommon, they are showing up more than usual this year, Miller said.
“This has been a big year for anchovies and it has to do with the water temperature,” Miller said. “It’s been a warm year in the water in Central California and that’s positive for anchovies. So we’re kind of in a heavy anchovy cycle.”
The number of dead chickens in the region Martapura increasingly growing. Based on reports received by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Fishery East OKU District, in addition to receiving a report on Bukitnapuh Village area, it also received a report on the number of chickens that died in the region which reaches thousands Cidawang tail.
The sudden death of chickens not only attack the chicken farm only. Josh range chicken farm owned Marson located in the District of death Martapura about 2,000 head.
“From there my cock 2000, approximately 400 individuals are now left again. And even then the condition is already dying just waiting for death, “he said on Tuesday (08/12/2014).
According to Josh, no strange signs when 2,000 head over the dead chickens. But according to him the death of his chickens occur alternately and not simultaneously.
“Initially some of the tail, which is dead, then continue to grow until now reaching a thousand more. I’m sure the remaining chickens will die mysteriously, “he said.
According to Josh, he has reported the deaths of thousands of his chickens to the Department of Animal Husbandry and Fishery East OKU. Based on the official statement he said, the death of thousands of his chickens is caused by Newcastle disease attacks as a result of extreme weather happening lately.
“What we fear that this disease affecting chickens continues to expand, let alone to attack humans. Therefore we have to report to the Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, and according to the clerk and they will go down and check and make vaccination to the location, “he explained.