Archive | April 19, 2015

Thousands of dead fish found covering part of the Kerian River in Malaysia

Mohd Hafizi displaying the dead fish. SUNPIX by MASRY CHE ANI
Thousands of dead fish were found blanketing the surface of Sungai Kerian at Kampung Jajar, Jalan Trans Kerian.
Mohd Hafizi Mohd Jamaluddin, 20, a resident who stays near by the river, said the fish began floating to the surface of the river since Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters here today, he said the dead fish include catfish and mayong fish.
“There are more dead fish in the river today and it is causing an awful smell around our living area now. It is first time to see thousands dead fish at here,” he said.
Village Security and Development Committees (JKKK) chairman Ahmad Furanji Shariff said residents in Kampung Jajar are suffering over the stench.
He said the water gate of the river was closed, hence all dead fish were trapped in the waters of the river.
“The smell is getting worse, so I hope the State Drainage and Irrigation Department, Environment Department or Fisheries Department can come forward and help us to settle this problem,” he said, adding that the river might be polluted and all fish in the river were poisoned.
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Hundreds of ducks, other birds and eels found dead ‘due to disease’ in West Auckland, New Zealand

The dry summer months are causing a fatal outbreak of avian botulism.
Hundreds of dead or sick ducks, other birds and eels have been found in parks and stagnant water areas in West Auckland.
Manawa Wetlands in New Lynn and stormwater catchment ponds in Glen Eden have been the worst affected, NZ Bird Rescue Charitable Trust manager Lyn Macdonald said.
Macdonald treated 825 ducks in January at the Green Bay centre and said people are still bringing in sick birds affected by the disease.
Avian botulism is a bacterial toxin that thrives in still, shallow and warm water. It paralyses birds’ heads and necks, and slowly spreads to the rest of the body ultimately killing them.
Humans are unable to contract the disease.
Glen Eden resident Chris Hilton has been acting as an “ambulance” going between the Brandon Rd stormwater catchment ponds and the bird rescue trust in Green Bay.
“Imagine the worst case of food poisoning and then that’s what having botulism is like,” Hilton said.
He said once the birds are paralysed they are prone to drowning or starvation as well as being eaten alive by maggots and other animals.
The trip to the bird rescue centre has been taking its financial toll on Hilton so after some instructions, he has set up a makeshift clinic to treat the birds himself.
He inserts a tube into the duck’s mouth to hydrate the bird and feeds them once they are well enough. So far he has saved four birds and released them back into the wild.
New Lynn resident Helen Reid has also been rescuing ducks from the lower ponds in the Manawa Wetlands and she is frustrated the council is not doing more to help.
“Clearly this is an ongoing problem and requires daily visits from the council to remove these poor wild habitants before the situation gets worse.
“They can still be saved even if they look near death. They are drowning in the water due to paralysis. That is what is killing them as much as the botulism organism.”
She has also seen four dead ducks which appear to have been ripped apart by dogs.
Council stormwater manager Craig McIlroy says they do what they can to help. Contractors carry out monthly inspections of all ponds in West Auckland.
“When there are issues related to botulism the inspections are carried out more frequently, on a two-weekly basis and some on a weekly basis,” McIlroy said.
He said ducks are removed within 12 hours of someone reporting to the council call centre and sick birds are taken to the bird rescue trust.
Macdonald said, however, she can count the number of times the council has presented a sick bird to the trust this year on her hand and believes inspection should be daily.
She feels it’s unfair that it comes down to the public to report dead birds or act as an ambulance to get birds to her.
“When we were Waitakere city there was a person going around and checking all the ponds regularly but now this has become an Auckland city problem. We have a large duck population in West Auckland which the rest of the city doesn’t have.”
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Dozens of birds drop dead out of the sky in Hefei, China

March 16, Hefei public Wang beneath Huizhou Avenue viaduct and found dozens of dead birds lying in the road by a car rolling back and forth. Wang doubt, this is the Editor do?
Event: Recently, Hefei public Wang told reporters that when he drove by and Shuiyangjiang Huizhou Avenue Road junction, suddenly saw a group of birds fell from the sky, directly killed in the road. “Some birds also hit on my windscreen.” After Wang off, carefully check for a moment, nearly 30 birds landed on the ground. “Fall not fly, has died.”
March 16, reporters came to the intersection, there are a dozen dead birds found along the way, most of the smaller size of these birds, yellow-green plumage.
Subsequently, the reporter asked to clean the road in the vicinity of the health of sanitation workers, sanitation workers told reporters that he is still here at 10 o’clock in the morning cleaning, turn back after the circle, you see the ground there is a group of dead birds. “I was swept off a dozen dead birds on the road, there are many did not cleaned.”
Reporter help: Afterward, the reporter photographed the scene photos to the president of the Association of Anhui Province, Hou continued birding silver were identified. Continued silver Hou told reporters that these birds do Bulbul, is a common Hefei local birds, many activities in the hills or plains of bushes, lively personality. Are ornamental birds, the price is not high, about 10 yuan a look. As to why the focus on the road to die, silver Hou Xu said, traders may be some bird birds found dead birds in the transport process, dispose of some of the dead birds. But this is only a guess, the specific reasons unknown.
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50 TONS of fish have died in a lake in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam

Nearly 50 tons of dead fish have been taken out of the lake of Ba Long in the southern province of Dong Nai.
This incident occurred in early March, causing heavy losses for 15 households in Ho Nai 3 commune of Trang Bom district, who had rented 30 hectares of the lake to raise fish for the last 10 years.
A fish breeder said each household paid VND40 million ($2,000) for the water surface and over VND100 million ($5,000) a year to breed fish.
The local authorities are investigating the cause.
Ha Ngoc Canh, a fish breeder, said he had taken out hundreds of kilos of dead fish each day to avoid pollution. He said each family could have earned about VND1.5 billion ($70,000) this year.
Locals said the water color had become darker.
Ba Long Lake is located in an area with many factories producing construction materials. It is about 2 km from the hydroelectric reservoirs of Song May and Thanh Nien. However, dead fish have been found only in Ba Long Lake.
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Thousands of dead fish found in a stream in Kielce, Poland

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On Tuesday, March 17 in the morning, on the emergency number 986 resident called Danzig, who reported that in the area of the water at the intersection of Kielce and Porębski seen a lot of dead fish. Immediately patrol was sent there. Officers found that indeed something was wrong: in a stream connecting two reservoirs stuck a lot of fish, which in the trap slowly began to choke.
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Hundreds of dead fish and a dolphin wash up along a beach in Outer Banks, N.Carolina, USA

Fish Kill Alert
Hundreds of dead menhaden have washed up along the beach from Carova to Avalon Pier, causing wide speculation about the cause of the kill, including whether it was related to unexplained rumblings this week.
But fish kills are not uncommon and are usually from natural causes.
Jill Paxson, an environmental specialist with the North Carolina Division of Water Resources, said Wednesday that state experts are sorting through reports of the kill.
Generally, she said, such die-offs can be attributable to environmental factors such as an algae bloom causing oxygen levels to drop or sharp changes in water temperature.
It is doubtful that the fish are by-catch from trawlers, which discard species that they are not pursuing.
“Usually if it’s bycatch, it’s multiple species,” Paxson said.
The Virginian-Pilot quoted a state Division of Marine Fisheries biologist as saying that the fish were driven ashore by predators such as bluefish or striped bass.
A report by the National Marine Fisheries Service on a menhaden die-off on the North Carolina Coast in 1999 said that the schools of fish can become so dense that they use up their own oxygen and die. In that case, it was probable that predators exacerbated the situation.
A dolphin was reported to be among the dead fish in Corolla, but no information was available on whether the stranding was coincidental or related to the menhaden kill.
By fish-kill standards, this one was not particularly big. Paxson said one die-off covered the Neuse River for 30 miles.
Menhaden, which are caught by the millions for their oil and for use as animal feed, are extremely sensitive to environmental changes, Paxson said. Their skin is very thin, and scales fall off easily, exposing them to the elements and pathogens.
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Masses of dead fish continue to wash ashore in Montevideo, Uraguay

Nearly two weeks after the first wave of dead fish appear on the Uruguayan coast , the fact is repeated. The difference is that this time also found dead several stripes River, also known as pooches. The National Aquatic Resources (Dinara) has not issued an official statement on this new case. According to El País , last Sunday appeared new species in the resort of La Floresta then, yesterday, on the beach Pocitos Montevideo. Along with new species, also appeared a new cyanobacterium, adding a greenish tint to the beaches. Asked by The Observer, the director of the Dinara, Daniel Gilardoni, declined to provide explanations and preferred to stick to the last official statement issued by the agency last Friday. On Tuesday, the National Party Senator Javier García made a request for information, through Parliament, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and the Ministry of Health on this subject. Among other things, Garcia requested answers to hypotheses about the causes of fish kills, and requested information on investigations carried out and on national and international agencies that have participated. It also inquired about the danger that the new cyanobacteria may represent for those who come in contact with it. The opposition there is concern about the health hazard that this topic may represent the population as it is not confirmed “if there is any impediment to the use of beaches and consumption of seafood,” according to the document. “We believe it is necessary to know the causes of a phenomenon of this kind, because if the causes are not the consequences and scope that can be known unknown” said Garcia told Efe agency. White senator emphasized the possibility that cyanobacteria have responsibility in the death of the fish, and told Efe that “cyanobacteria may be linked to fertilizer flow into the waters and we know what we know of this.”
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2,000+ snow geese drop dead out of sky in Idaho, USA

Avian cholera is suspected in the deaths of at least 2,000 snow geese that fell dead from the sky in Idaho while migrating to nesting grounds on the northern coast of Alaska, wildlife managers said Monday.
Dozens of Idaho Department of Fish and Game workers and volunteers at the weekend retrieved and incinerated carcasses of snow geese found near bodies of water and a wildlife management area in the eastern part of the state, said agency spokesman Gregg Losinski.
Avian cholera is believed to be the culprit in the deaths mostly because of the way the birds died, he said.
“Basically, they just fell out of the sky,” said Losinski.
He said biologists were awaiting results from a state wildlife lab to confirm the birds died of the highly contagious disease, which is caused by bacteria that can survive in soil and water for up to four months.
Humans face a small risk of contracting the disease but the more immediate threat is to wildlife in the vicinity of contaminated carcasses, Losinski said.
About 20 bald eagles were seen near areas where snow geese carcasses littered the ground but a lengthy incubation period makes it unclear if the eagles were infected and would carry the ailment elsewhere, said Losinski.
It was not known where the snow geese – named for their white plumage and for breeding in the far northern corners of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Siberia – contracted avian cholera during a migration that saw them wing north from wintering grounds in the American Southwest and Mexico, he said.
Outbreaks like the one found affecting the migrating snow geese in Idaho occur periodically in the United States and elsewhere, Losinski said.
Avian cholera is the most important infectious disease affecting wild waterfowl in North America, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
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Hundreds of dead fish found in a canal in Tampico, Mexico

Fish Kill Alert
Tampico, Tamaulipas Residents surrounding the Canal de La Cutting awoke to the unpleasant news that hundreds of young of the species “tent” that inhabit the Laguna del Carpintero and the channel itself, found dead from lack of oxygenation of these water bodies. 
Locals said the death records began in the early hours of Tuesday, indicating that this situation is becoming increasingly common, so ask for a safe research on pollution levels from this body of water. Carp species floating lifeless vary in size. 
Onsite Channel The Cutting presents one of its lowest levels in recent months, which apparently allows more brackish water that affects the habitat of listed species. 
Neighbors also demanded immediate action cleaning and prevent health problems in this area as part of a sightseeing tour. 
Profepa staff went to make the first research on fish mortality.
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