Archive | November 2014

Hundreds of fish found dead in a creek in Queensland, Australia

Mackay Recreational Fishing Alliance president Lance Murray with some of the dead fish at Reliance Creek.

THE reason why hundreds of fish died in Reliance Creek, Habana, is still unknown.

Officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection were at the site yesterday.

An EHP spokesman said it was important a thorough investigation was conducted at the freshwater creek.

“Officers took fish and water samples to help in the investigation,” he said.

“No further details are available at this stage.”

Mackay Recreational Fishing Alliance president Lance Murray said the site looked like the scene of a “plane crash”.

“There are dead fish everywhere,” he said.

“There are several different types of fish including barramundi, catfish and more.”

Mr Murray said he was surprised by the large number of fish in the creek.

“It’s a real shame to see them go to waste,” he said.

“We also found a massive barramundi.

“Who would have thought you could catch a 900 millimetre barra in Reliance Creek.”

Mr Murray said he believed the fish kill was due to a “natural phenomenon”.

“The rain we’ve had in the last couple of days has turned the vegetation in the water upside down,” he said.

“This has then taken all the oxygen out of the water.

“This is my first best guess.”

As a safety precaution, EHP has advised people to stay out of the creek and not to take any of the fish to eat.


Thousands of cattle dead from outbreak of disease is a ‘national disaster’ in Masvingo, Zimbabwe

The veterinary services department has banned the sale and slaughter of cattle in five districts in Masvingo province in an effort to contain the outbreaks.

Relevant government departments are facing a severe manpower shortage and do not have sufficient funds to fight the diseases, it also emerged.

“We are trying to make sure that the problem is dealt with once and for all. We declared the outbreaks a national disaster to ensure timely funding,” Agriculture minister, Joseph Made, said.

“The veterinary department had been heavily affected by underfunding and manpower shortages so the availability of funds will ensure that vaccines and manpower are adequately mobilised,” he added.

Masvingo provincial veterinary officer, Enerst Dzimwasha, declined to comment on the new development.

The affected districts include Mwenezi, Chiredzi, Zaka , Chivi ,and Masvingo, with Gutu and Bikita being declared safe as of last week. Public cattle auction sales have been banned.

The slaughter of cattle even for ceremonies such as weddings and funerals has also been suspended amid concerns from villagers.

Dzimwasha last week confirmed the outbreak but refused to give details as to how many cattle have died so far.

“We are currently fighting these two cattle diseases and our men are on the ground to ensure that all the cattle in the affected areas are vaccinated,” said Dzimwasha.

Veterinary services sources said at least 1,000 cattle succumbed to the disease in less than a month.

“Our records indicate that over 1,000 cattle have died in less than a month,” said the source.

“The figure of those that have died could be much higher as reports from the affected districts are still coming in on a daily basis,” added the source.

Villagers in the affected areas have complained bitterly over the order not to slay cattle and called on the veterinary department to individually examine beats meant for slaughter.

Thousands of fish turn up dead ‘due to pollution’ in Purbalingga, Indonesia

Ribuan ikan mati diduga akibat limbah pabrik

Thousands of fish are cultured in ponds owned by the Village Penambongan, Purbalingga, Central Java, died allegedly as a result of factory waste into the stream of time crowd.

“The case of the death of fish in the pond was first noticed on Saturday (20/9). At that time, I saw a lot of fish were floating in the pool,” said one of the owners of pools, Mardoko, in the Village Penambong RT 03 RW 03, District Purbalingga on Tuesday.

He was soon working to save the fish, but only a few could be saved.

He suspects River water flow crowd of local residents who used to irrigate the pool has been contaminated by a sewage plant in the upper reaches.

Therefore, he expects Purbalingga government and police to follow up cases of alleged pollution.

“As a result of this incident, we suffered huge losses because of the two pools is mine alone, the losses reached Rp 20 million as it contains about two hundred pounds of carp and tilapia. It does not include pools belonging to other people,” he explains.

Related cases death of thousands of dead fish in the pond Village residents Penambongan, Regent Purbalingga Sukento Rido Marhaendrianto rushed to the scene.

On the occasion, the Regent asked relevant agencies to follow up the findings that citizens do not experience greater losses.

“I ask, Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (Dinnakan) and the Environment Agency (BLH) to immediately conduct further investigation to determine whether the source of the incident as a result of sewage contamination existing plant or other reasons,” he said.

“We will immediately investigate the incident,” he said.

Thousands of dead fish found ‘mysteriously’ floating in a lake in London, England

An investigation is underway after thousands of dead fish were found floating in an east London park lake.

The grim discovery was made by volunteers in Harrow Lodge Park, Havering, over the weekend.

Havering Council has launched an environmental health investigation to find out what caused the mass death.      

Councillor Melvin Wallace said: “We’re still trying to determine the exact cause of the incident.

“We believe it’s either due to an extensive amount of un-oxygenated water that entered the lake due to the heavy rainfall over the weekend, or a possible pollutant.

“The Environment Agency has tested the water and we’re currently waiting for the results.”

Council staff have since removed the fish from the lake.

It is not the first time animals have died in the lake. Earlier this year several birds contaminated with avian botulism were found dead in the park while 20 ducks were killed by visitors feeding them mouldy bread.

Thousands of birds killed due to avian flu in Quang Nam, Vietnam

H5N6 Alert

More than 3,100 ducks were found to be infected with the bird flu virus A/H5N6 in farms in Vietnam’s central Quang Nam province, local press reported Monday.

A flock of 2,000 ducks at a farm in Tam My Dong commune in Nui Thanh district had tested positive for the virus last week, and more than 900 ducks in other poultry farms in the commune were then found dead en masse, according to Vietnam News daily.

Phan Nhu Lai, deputy head of Nui Thanh district’s veterinary center, was quoted in the report as saying that to prevent the spread of the virus infection, the center killed all the infected birds, burned their carcasses and sprayed chemicals at the infected farms.

The center vaccinated 50 flocks of ducks and sprayed all farms in the commune, and the district’s veterinary emergency teams are instructed to work in shifts for 24-hour periods to monitor the virus infection in the area.

In addition, all veterinary centers in the province’s 18 districts are requested to prepare measures against the spread of the A/H5N6 virus.

Previously, on Sept. 16, central Quang Ngai province’s steering committee for cattle and poultry disease prevention, together with the veterinary sub-department, culled 1,000 A/H5N6 infected birds, according to Vietnam News Agency.

The infected birds were traced back to a poultry farm in Tin An Dong commune, Quang Ngai city. It was the fourth H5N6 bird flu virus case in the province.

The 40-day old flock had been vaccinated, but dozens of them died and tested positive for the virus.

To prevent an outbreak spread, local authorities promptly destroyed the infected birds and sterilized the poultry farm to contain the virus.

Furthermore, they informed residents not to consume infected poultry products and implemented a number of measures to prevent the outbreak of the virus and prevent poultry-to-human transmission.

Hundreds of dead birds wash ashore ‘due to weather’ in East Lothian, Scotland

Dead gugas on

Large numbers of dead and dying young gannets have been found on the East Lothian coast.

The birds, known as gugas, have been washed ashore after leaving their nests on the Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth.

The Bass Rock is one of the world’s biggest gannet colonies and every autumn between 10,000 and 20,000 young birds leave their nests.

The gugas are heavier than adult gannets and are unable to fly until they lose weight.

Their first few days at sea are perilous and they are unable to feed for themselves so many fail to survive.

The prevailing weather conditions in recent days have led to hundreds of birds being washed ashore.

Wildlife experts said it may be distressing for members of public, but it’s simply “nature in the raw”.

Walkers who find live gugas in distress are being advised to keep their distance and contact the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick or the Scottish SPCA.

Weather change

Tom Brock, chief executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “We have had a few reports of people finding seabirds washed up on the beaches in and around North Berwick.

“At this time of year, and with the change in weather, it is likely that these will be juvenile gannets, known as gugas.

“Aged just 12 or 13 weeks old, gugas are a similar size to adult gannets but have dark plumage which is speckled with flecks of white.

“After leaving their nests on the Bass Rock, the young gannets, heavier than the adults and unable to fly until they lose weight, will float on the sea for several days.

“No longer under the care of their parents, their last meal would have been in the nest and this can mean that they have not fed for several days. Weakened, and in tough weather conditions, sadly many get into difficulties.”

Large amount of birds dropping dead in Kazan and Tyumen, Russia

Жительница Казани о гибели птиц в парке Урицкого: "Мы с ребенком гуляли там, а утром у него началась рвота"

Kazan citizens to express their own opinion on the mass deaths of birds in the park Uritzky, which is considered one of the most popular holiday destinations in the city.

Recall in this park was fixed mass death of birds . According to a local janitor here every day kills more than 30 pigeons. In fact, the park pond turned into a mass grave of birds.

According to Assistant Department of Zoology and General Biology CFI Anna Galanin, the water in the pond because of dead birds can be infected, because of what it could be new bacteria. However, experts believe that sound the alarm early – autumn die many grown chicks who could not adapt to life.

According to the wiper park, the cause of death of birds is wrong diet. Pigeons can poison even the bread which they are fed vacationers. In addition, nearby is the bakery. Grains in combination with water from the pond and could cause death.

The Office for the Protection of wildlife in Tatarstan said that to them still have not received any complaints over the death of birds. Head of the department promised yourself to visit the area, together with veterinarians to understand what had happened.

Mass fish kill washes up in Kuwait Bay, Kuwait

Fish Kill Alert
The Environment Public Authority and Public Authority For Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAF) affirmed on Saturday they are closely following up and probing the cause of mass death of fish in Jun Al-Kuwait, a small bay in the Arabian Gulf. In a press statement, the EPA said that marine pollution control and biodiversity departments and central laboratories are studying the causes of the mass death of fish.

It added that samples from the dead fish are being studies. Moreover, the EPA would seek the help of UK Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) as a per a recently agreement for cooperation to protect Kuwait marine life and ecosystem, said the statement.

Meanwhile, Head of the Public Relations Department at PAAAF Shaker Awadh told KUNA that there is coordination between PAAAF and others concerned bodies on this matter and laboratory results will provide an answer to the death of some fish. The amount of dead fish have declined, he said describing that a reassuring factor.

Hundreds of dead fish found floating along a canal in Pontedera, Italy

Moria di pesci nel canale Usciana (Fotocronache Germogli)

An endless procession of dead fish. Since yesterday morning in the channel Usciana, that takes away the water from the marshes of Fucecchio to merge into the Arno to cataracts of Montecalvoli or in Scolmatore through Usciana New cutting the hill of Montecchio, were seen hundreds of dead carp, catfish and other species living in the canal and in the marsh. « To 10 – Enzo tells Erotica, secretary of the PRI of Santa Maria a Monte and formerly deputy in – I went by car over the bridge sull’Usciana in Ponticelli and noticed dead fish slide towards the mouth. I tried to contact the Arpat, but no one responded, being Sunday offices are closed and also from Florence got no answer. I also tried to contact the Municipal Police of Santa Maria a Monte, but there was no one in command » .

IN THE AFTERNOON, after a survey along the banks of the canal in the area of ​​the cut back of the stadium Ponticelli, the same Erotica alerted 112 of the police that the authorities intervene to take note of the situation. At that point it was warned the emergency number of Arpat. Meanwhile, the number of dead fish in the Montecalvoli and then, further down, in Arno, increased visibly. Even from the boat Andrea da Pontedera were reported at the mouth of the channel. The mayor of Castelfranco, Gabriele Toti, who learned of the die-off of fish from The Nation, said « tomorrow (this morning, Ed) will ask for information ARPAT » . The why of dead fish in Usciana not clear, although it is not the first time that happens. Some years ago the Arpat did know after making the analysis of water and on carcasses of fish, it was lack of oxygen in the channel because of the drought. If it happened again this time we’ll know sopo analyzes although drought there can speak.

YESTERDAY AFTERNOON to 15 . 30 dead fish were noted only in the stretch between Castelfranco and Ponticelli and then Montecalvoli and the floodgates of Usciana. Not from the bridge sull’Usciana area via Lungomonte in Castelfranco and even before the Cerri Holy Cross Bridge or a Cappiano. That it was of a spill or abnormal from the bridge of Castelfranco from the one that crosses the canal from provincial halls in Montefalcone? Even in this case will be the analysis of Arpat to determine. The fact is that the plague has caused no little alarm throughout the area.