Archive | November 29, 2014

Hundreds of dead fish appear on a beach in Alicante, Spain

Cierran al baño la playa de San Gabriel al aparecer cientos de peces muertos

Thousands of fish dead yesterday morning found the sand and the sea shore of San Gabriel, amid a stench that came to the area of housing, beyond the road, causing alarm swimmers and neighbors. This morning, the beach had been cleaned and presented a cleaner appearance than yesterday but still had some specimens of dead fish and the strong smell remained. Despite that bathing prohibition could be read on posters hung by the city, many swimmers have not hesitated to cool off in the sea.

Seprona agents of the Guardia Civil and biologists Coastal Ecology Institute was visited yesterday in the area and collected water samples, which was black, and dead to analyze specimens, while the City sent technicians Beaches, Environment and Police Local, decreed the precautionary bathing prohibition.

Initially biologists did not appreciate uncontrolled dumping pollutants and pointed to a natural cause, namely a loss of oxygen in the water by an explosion of phytoplankton (small miscroscópicas algae) due to heat and winds that prevent the movement of water and fish breathe. In the first results biological pH of water came standard, confirmed the mayor of the Environment, Luis Barcala, which went to the beach, where posters were placed temporarily prohibiting the bathroom. The council wanted to reassure neighbors discarding any chemical contamination “even while the wind will not change that color the water and leave some dead goldfish.”

UTE operators Alicante, the concessionaire cleaning fish collected in bags to take to the dump, where they were guarded until the Seprona authorized destruction once the exact causes of death are known. A machine went along the shore to collect seaweed and other debris , leaving it clear to help surfaced inert copies floating several feet into the sea.

The beach users, neighbors who discovered what had happened when they came down to bathe, like every day, at around eight o’clock, they were concerned about the causes. “They assert that everything is due to heat, but whether dumping is behind a boat. They say it’s not a beach front, but the residents of San Gabriel, many older people without means, we settle this little beach , and we just want to be clean. We are concerned that shut us forever, “pointed users and Antonio Ramón Pérez Escolano or. The group, with the president of the neighborhood association of San Gabriel Francisco Hernández leading the way, followed from the walkway to the beach cleaning. José González, a fisherman, likened the disaster with sewage outfall to be built after the flood of 1982 “and is full of holes, and 500 meters from the coast when it should be at 3,000 meters.” However, a technician Beaches highlighted the efforts of the City to maintain conditions an area of coast that was no beach to meet local demand and recalled that Annex Puerto regeneration slows water.


7 TONS of fish wash up dead in a lake in Sabaudia, Italy

sabaudia fish die-off
Mortality of fish in the lake, the property has collected 7 tons of carcasses, problem solved? One reads between the lines but this adviser Piero Giuliani has some doubts. Seven tons, seem Pochini compared to the size of fish floating on the lake and also compared to what still can be found on the banks such as behind the visitor center of the National Park Circeo. Yesterday morning even the local police officers visited the site on the banks of the lake for the note confirming the presence of many dead fish at the end of the paths of the park. So? 

“From an inspection carried out by the Local Police of Sabaudia – says Giuliani – showed that, in the arm behind the See of The PNC, there are tons of dead fish on the shore and in the middle of Lake Paola .. Yet Mr. Bazuro was very attentive to send a note in which he said that he had removed seven quintals of fish. But did not realize that there are still others. Strange that an owner does not control his estate. It will be the duty of the Administration invite the heirs to clean the lake from the carcasses of fish now in an advanced state of decomposition. “

According to Giuliani then the council should provide another measure, after the first order to solicit, a more thorough cleaning. It is not a failure then sferzatina environmental associations. “How strange it is well – concludes Giuliani – which some environmentalists, to event organizers to issue the same site are silent on the subject. Yet we have seen them in action to research and
documentation of illegal dumps in hidden places. Here instead are visible to all not have been noticed. Given that their action is geared to combat pollution, reflection arises. If the law prohibits the burial of animal carcasses for danger of pollution, dead fish, following the decomposition, do not pollute? Where do cadaverine and putrescine?

Hundreds of dead fish wash up ‘mysteriously’ on a beach in Le Havre, France

Fish Kill Alert

Gruesome discovery on Wednesday afternoon (September 3) for walkers … On the beach of Le Havre, hundreds of dead fish … where the mystery deepens, is that all these fish were whiting, spreading and the thesis of the contamination, which would have affected all species.

Another troubling fact: the fish were all roughly the same size. Where other assumptions, most likely: the disposal at sea of ​​fish, too small by a fishing boat. Accidental loss of cargo. Or damage.

Since gulls cleaned the beach … No investigation is conducted to date on this amazing deal.

Tens of thousands of dead fish wash up along the Neuse River in North Carolina, America

Tens of thousands of dead fish have washed ashore along the Neuse River in Craven County.

Travis Graves, the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, tells 9 On Your Side the fish have been piling up on shore at Flanners Beach. He estimates the fish are dying near channel marker 11 and winds are pushing the fish over to the beach.

Graves has been in touch with the UNC Chapel Hill Marine Labs in Morehead City where they’re monitoring oxygen levels in the water. He says just east of Flanners Beach is a salt wedge which has been shrinking because of the rain we’ve had in recent weeks. This has led to lower oxygen levels.

Graves said at this time there is no indication that infection is killing the fish. He’s 90% confident the fish kill is due to lower dissolved oxygen in the water.

People should refrain from swimming at the beaches near the dead fish.

Thousands of dead fish wash up in Sinaloa, Mexico

Fish Kill Alert

For the fishermen of the area is an ecological disaster

Thousands of dead fish were found on the shore of the estuary Infiernillo in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, as reported fishermen, who complained that this place waste and garbage concentrate without any authority to monitor the area.

According to testimony, fish agonized for hours at the sight of all, so early warning spread between fishermen and residents of the Colonia Libertad, who live near the Juárez bridge.

For fishermen it is an ecological disaster and according to them, is the Municipal Board of Water Supply and Sewerage Mazatlan (Jumapam) responsible for the fact, as discharged untreated into the estuary waters, which affects fish causing mass mortality.

18 Dolphins found dead during August in Indian River Lagoon, Florida, America


Melbourne, Florida (Florida Today) — A virus killing bottlenose dolphins by the hundreds along the Atlantic seaboard has spread to the Indian River Lagoon, with foreboding consequences for dolphins that spend their lives here.

And the dead just keep washing up.

“We’re basically on high alert, expecting a dolphin every day,” said Megan Stolen, a research scientist at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute.

In August alone, Hubbs researchers found 18 dead bottlenose dolphins: a dozen from the lagoon (eight of them calves), and the others along the beach and in the Halifax River.

On average, 26 dolphins wash up dead or strand in the lagoon region annually, Hubbs researchers say. Including beachside, about 70 dolphins die per year in the lagoon region. This year, 67 have already died, with 32 of those in the lagoon.

And many more may be on the way.

“Because we have this sort of smoking gun right now, that’s where all of where our attention is going,” Stolen said.

Past surveys by Hubbs have counted about 660 bottlenose dolphins that spend their lives almost exclusively in the lagoon.

Researchers have recently been finding dead mothers, and then days or weeks later, their orphaned calves.

On Thursday, Hubbs responded to a dead calf being pushed by its mom at the Port St. John boat ramp.

Tests are pending, but dolphins in the lagoon are showing telltale signs of morbillivirus — skin and oral lesions. The dolphins also can appear skinny, swim erratically, and make sounds from their blow hole as if they’re coughing.

Hubbs is urging anyone who sees a dolphin showing such symptoms to call a state wildlife alert hotline as soon as possible, because fresh samples are key to determining cause of death.

People shouldn’t touch the dolphins, Hubbs staff says. Although its called a measles-like virus, humans don’t catch morbillivirus, but sick dolphins can carry other diseases.

The morbillivirus dolphin deaths in the lagoon herald biologists’ worst fear: that the virus is again gaining a deadly foothold in the lagoon. That hasn’t happened since the 1980s.

“We know that at least some of the animals in the lagoon have been exposed, but this is the first I believe, documented morbillivirus death in that many years,” Stolen said.

“I’m hoping that some of the animals that have been exposed in the past will fight it off.”

As the top mammal predator, bottlenose dolphins are sentinels of the lagoon’s overall health, biologists say, and our well being as well.

Lagoon dolphins eat some of the same seafood we do. But they’ve been dying at triple the usual rate, washing up gaunt and with other signs of long-term suffering.

Biologists had already been tracking unusual dolphin deaths in the lagoon. Since Jan. 1 of last year, more than 70 lagoon dolphins died mysteriously, most within Brevard County. Biologists had worried it might be something in their diet.

One common thread: shrimp. Researchers have been finding the crustaceans in the guts of dead dolphins.

But few answers have surfaced since a year ago, when scientists opened a formal federal investigation into the lagoon’s unusual dolphin deaths. More than half of similar marine mammal investigations yield no definitive cause. With more tissue tests pending, however, biologists hold out hope that answers will be forthcoming.

A separate bottlenose dolphin die-off last year in the mid-Atlantic prompted NOAA Fisheries to declare another “Unusual Mortality Event.” More than 800 dolphins have died or stranded that year in the Atlantic from New York to Virginia. More than nine times the historical average of bottlenose dolphins died or stranded in the mid-Atlantic region in July and August, alone, last year.

NOAA officials said last year that they suspect morbillivirus had killed or stranded the mid-Atlantic dolphins and tests have confirmed that hypothesis.

Initially, the lagoon and mid-Atlantic unusual die-offs were thought to be unrelated. Now biologists aren’t so sure.

Federal scientists had hoped when mid-Atlantic dolphins migrated to the lagoon region that lagoon dolphins would be immune.

Studies show some lagoon dolphin have antibodies to morbillivirus, but that hasn’t seemed enough to make them immune.

The lagoon has had two other big dolphin die-offs in recent years: 41 dolphins in 2001 and 47 in 2008. What killed them remains a mystery.

About a decade ago, researchers first began discovering more viruses, fungal and bacterial lesions on lagoon bottlenose dolphins, and more conditions that dolphins and humans share, such as hepatitis, meningitis and cancer. Heart murmurs and cancer also began showing up for the first time in the species. Biologists suspect pollution is driving the higher incidence of those conditions.

Hubbs researchers had thought the die-off had tapered off.

“It’s so bad,” said Wendy Noke Durden, a research scientist with Hubbs. “We were doing good for a long time.”

578 Water Birds now dead from outbreak of disease in Vitoria, Spain


The number of dead birds in Vitoria by the outbreak of avian botulism has now surpassed the hundred and continues dripping copies that appear dead, mainly in the park Salburua lesser intensity. According Joseba Carreras, head of Biodiversity of the council, “dripping is continuous and can not lower our guard.”

Speaking to BE VITORIA, Racing has confirmed that since last August 12, when the crisis hit by avian botulism, until Tuesday have collected 518 dead birds, mostly in the Salburua wetlands, but also in several ponds city, although the number of deaths from this disease is now close to 600 counting the dead in Mártioda.

“Although not many, continues to grow the number of birds found dead, dripping is continuous and therefore can not lower our guard in the collection and monitoring” has defended expert.

Most recent corpses were collected in ponds Salburua. On Monday appeared three other dead birds and 17 this past weekend, all these wetlands. The last dead bird located in Vitoria on Friday was discovered in San Martín Park. Therefore, the Government of Alava kept open the watchdog.

By the middle of animal protection Mártioda have spent more than a hundred infected birds. Approximately 60 have died and 44 have survived, even two have already been released and others will be released next week, Racing welcomes.

The center has been forced to expand enabled ponds to treat sick birds, before the avalanche of copies that have come to Mártioda in the last month.

Hundreds of dead fish wash ashore in Pinellas County, Florida, America

Fish Kill Alert

Hundreds of dead fish have washed ashore on Honeymoon Island State Park in Pinellas County, concerning many beachgoers that a massive offshore red tide algae bloom might be getting worse.

In addition to fish, which began washing ashore sometime last week, some people also spotted dead jellyfish.

“Little, tiny jellyfish about the size of a 50-cent piece. I saw a couple larger ones, but there was just like hundreds of them just all over along the sand,” said Dunedin resident Pat Ahart, who takes a weekly walk along Honeymoon Island. “You hate to see that happening. It’s not nice for the fish. It’s not good for people coming to the beach.”

This marked the first time since the bloom, which is filled with Kerenia brevis algae, formed several weeks ago. It stretches from Dixie County to Pinellas County and has been measured at 90 miles long and about 50 miles wide.

The red tide currently sits between 10 and 20 miles off the Pinellas coast.

Jennifer Kreinik, a longtime Tampa resident, remembers the 2005 red tide that led to thousands of fish washing ashore on Bay Area beaches. The current bloom has also killed thousands of marine life, most of which are still in the Gulf of Mexico.

“I have been out to Honeymoon when there’s been red tide before, and Caladesi [Island], and when it’s really onshore you can’t even walk — the breathing is difficult, your eyes burn, you basically are running back to your car,” Kreinik said, adding she was surprised by what she saw on the back Tuesday. “There were quite a few dead jellyfish, larger jellyfish and we did see some dead fish, maybe 15 or 20. But the odor isn’t really too bad and I don’t feel any ill effects from the wind coming in off the shore at this point.”

Scientists at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science have said during a bad red tide, beachgoers can experience difficulty breathing.

Businesses near Honeymoon Island are beginning to worry that another massive fish kill could drive tourists away.

“It would hurt all the local businesses,” said Kelli Maurer, at Sandbar Grill. “Right now we’re coming into what they call snowbird season, and it’s going to stop a lot of them from coming down, maybe later or shortening their trips, or cancelling their trips all together.”

Experts have said predicting the impact of a red tide is difficult but worry that more fish will begin to wash ashore unless the algae bloom begins to die.

It would likely take a storm the size of a tropical storm to break apart the current red tide bloom.

Thousands of dead fish wash ashore on a beach in Mohammedia, Morocco

Fish Kill Alert

Thousands of fish have washed up on Saturday at the mouth of Wadi Nfifekh Sablette located on the beach in Mohammedia, reports the website . And to emphasize that environmental police traveled to the scene to investigate the ecological disaster that recalls the one at Oued Moulouya there a few years.

Of water and fish samples were taken for analysis.

H5N6 bird flu reported in NE China

H5N6 Alert

Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province has reported an outbreak of the H5N6 bird flu virus in poultry, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) announced Monday.

Over 20,000 geese at a farm in Harbin, the provincial capital, showed symptoms of avian flu and almost 18,000 died last month, according to the MOA.

The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory on Monday confirmed the epidemic was H5N6.

The infected area has been sealed off and sterilized with almost 69,000 poultry culled and safely disposed, the MOA said.

Bird flu, or avian influenza, is a contagious disease of animal origin caused by viruses that normally infect only birds and, less commonly, pigs. It can be fatal to humans.