Archive | April 21, 2015

80 TONS of fish have died in a dam in Campoalegre, Colombia

About 80 tons of dead fish in Bethany
Critical the situation of the farmers of the dam of Bethany, who are concerned about the amount of dead fish and say that to date have already lost about 80 tonnes between tilapia and milkfish. 
The high mortality of fish has disturbed fish farmers Campoalegre a sector, through which the reservoir of Bethany, who claim that this week the mortality rate has increased dramatically. 
The death toll reached 80 fish and milkfish and tilapia tonnes between, and last but not least, the flow of the dam that is filled of Magdalena, Yaguará and Paez rivers has decreased dramatically, reaching the low of 71 meters cubic per second occurred despite the rainy season currently lives in that sector of Huila, when above water ingress up to 250 or 300 cubic meters per second was recorded last Monday.
Although the real reasons that led to this worrying situation are unknown, workers from different companies of fish in the area, assume that the failure is due to the rapid decline of water in Bethany.
But the question is much greater among people in recent weeks are suffering this situation. Some argue that the fact of death is being generated because the process of filling the Quimbo was already initiated by the Multinational Emgesa, in charge of the hydroelectric. 
Juan Manuel Gutierrez, president of the Association of farmers huilense (Asopihuila), who claims that the flow of Bethany Reservoir has decreased, we require companies that are installed near the dam of Bethany, who electrify entities, because of the 74 that currently exist, only four did not have electricity.
“Those that are electrified did own resources. We want to talk with departmental and national government, to do this action, investment and so we electrify to machine production processes, “said Gutierrez. 
The problem would have arisen in piscícloa project, environmental authorities are studying the causes, to establish the possible solutions and processes to follow.
By now expected that the situation in Bethany Reservoir is resolved. Meanwhile the authorities and aquaculture businesses make the call to huilense citizenship, to take care when buying fish like tilapia and milkfish, not to fall into the trap of eating fish that have been spotted dead inside the dam.
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Die off of Geese ‘due to harsh winter’ across Rhode Island in USA

Geese are starving to death across Rhode Island
Geese are starving to death across Rhode Island because of the extreme winter weather, and there’s little anyone can do about it.
The sight of dead geese outside the Atlantic Beach Club in Middletown is unsettling.
“It’s in areas that we expect to see birds — but not dead. And they normally aren’t pushed to the point where they’re starving to death, which is basically what’s happening,” said Josh Beuth, a wildlife biologist.
According to the state, this beach is one of the hardest hit. At one point up to 20 geese were reported dead.
Dead geese were also reported in Conimicut, Rocky Point and at the Watch Hill lighthouse.
Because of widespread snow cover for abnormal amounts of time, the birds haven’t been able to get food.
“As a result, birds were stuck on the water, what little open water was available, without the ability to feed where they ran out of their internal reserves — fat, protein, muscle — and started burning muscle to the point where they could no longer survive,” Beuth said.
While it’s unfortunate, experts said it’s the cruel side of Mother Nature.
“We don’t see it all the time. So when we see it, it’s a little bit surprising. But it is part of nature and nature running its course,” Beuth said.
If you see or find dead geese on your property, this is what you’re supposed to do.
“People can either pick them up, if they don’t want them there, and dispose of them. Put them in a thick heavy-duty trash bag or double bag them,” Beuth said, “or they can just leave them and let nature run its course.”
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1,500 cattle dead due to drought in Bosconia, Colombia

Livestock Alert

The lack of water in the lower river basin Ariguaní, coupled with the severe drought in the region, leaving more than 1,500 dead livestock in the area of ​​Bosconia, Cesar, on the border with the department of Magdalena, as established by a census of affected that made the farmers in the area themselves.
The situation is critical because the current main tributary, which was used for water supply in the area, still used by ranchers in the upper river to irrigate large areas of palm crops, rice and livestock.
This was stated by Mauricio Sierra, downstream user of Ariguaní, who sent an SOS for environmental authorities to take drastic measures by the irrational use of water concession in the area.
“Here come officials of the regional autonomous corporations Cesar and Magdalena to make regulations, but once they go, again opened the floodgates capturing water in high percentages, although they are in a severe drought. In the lower part is there is no water for crops or animals, whereas up until used to irrigate pastures, “he said.
‘SIN bereaved “. Despite repeated calls from the community in the villages Puerto Lajas and San José de Ariguaní, among other places, no sanctions are known by the environmental authorities. “Corporations seem to have no teeth to defend the river,” said Sierra.
According to records of the inspections made by the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Cesar, Corpocesar, in the upper flow is more than 12,000 liters per second, but below are only small ‘puddles’ of what was a high flow rate in the 183 km route of the river from the Sierra Nevada where born.
“There is only water in 30 kilometers, the rest more than 150 kilometers down dry, with serious consequences for the population and agricultural activities,” said Mauricio Sierra.
Leuger Cortés, deputy director general area of ​​environmental management of the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Cesar, acknowledged that no specific sanctions in this case, considering that actions are initiated through the legal office of the institution, having to comply with the due process and the right to defense of suspects.
He said that corporations have made technical visits in the upper part of the basin, in which appraisals are done to determine the flow and define the amounts authorized collection. But while the processes are filled, follows the stagnation of water in the upper basin.
Yesterday a commission of regional autonomous corporations Cesar and Magdalena moved to the top, making an adjustment to the accompaniment of users in the lower part, where they found all the gates open, capturing water more than allowed.
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Fish kill on lake Jacqueline in Las Vegas, America

Fish Kill Alert

Residents of the Desert Shores community are used to looking out their back doors over Lake Jacqueline and seeing beautiful birds and other wildlife.
But recently they say they’ve spotted a disturbing and mysterious change.
“There was old ones and young one and big ones and small ones,” Daniel Bryan said.
What he is talking about is the dozens of dead fish he and other neighbors have seen while out enjoying the lake.
“We picked up over three dozen in the boat. We couldn’t take anymore,” Sharon Rennie said.
Those who live on the lake and spend a lot of time out on the water say in a normal year they see four to five dead fish, but say it was a different story Thursday.
“There were 50 dead fish at the east end of the lake, where the ramp is. I’ve lived here seven years. I have never seen anything like that,” Bryan said.
Management at the Desert Shores Community Association directed us to a statement on their website:
“With regard to the dead fish in Lake Jacqueline, Desert Shores Community Association takes the issue very seriously. In most cases it is a result of natural causes and is temporary. It is important to understand that this does happen from time to time in any environment such as Desert Shores or any lake community. We have had this type of incident occur previously in Desert Shores. Very rarely is it caused from something other than natural causes, however, the Association considers all possibilities and will react according to the results from the experts. 
DSCA has reached out to the experts in the field, i.e. Nevada Department of Wildlife as well as our lake management company. Nevada Department of Wildlife has tested the water and other tests are being run for parasites although none were found in the bass that were tested.  We await those test results and will continue to post updates on this website. DSCA has hired Western Exterminators to come out on Saturday to retrieve the dead fish in the middle of the lake.”
When Action News reached out to the Division of Wildlife, a spokesperson said their biologist found extremely low oxygen levels in the lake while performing tests and was planning to forward those results to the association on Monday.
Residents are just hopeful changes are on the way.
“It has to be fixed. They have to do something,” Rennie said.
The Desert Shores Community Association says crews will be out to remove the dead fish Saturday.
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Tornado kills 2, injures 60 in Southern Brazil

Tornado Hampton 02.06.12

A tornado killed two people and injured about 60 others in Xanxere, a city in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, emergency management officials said Tuesday.
The tornado damaged about 500 houses as it tore through the city on Monday, forcing the evacuation of about 1,000 people, the Santa Catarina emergency management office said.
The tornado’s winds reached 84 kph (52 mph), national weather service meteorologist Mamedes Luiz Melo said.
At least six neighborhoods in Xanxere, which is in the western part of Santa Catarina, were affected by the tornado, which toppled power poles, leaving 200,000 residential and business customers without electricity.
Some sections of the city were left without power, water and telephone service, but the Santa Catarina state government said utility workers were trying to restore service as soon as possible.
Emergency management office personnel have distributed 630 mattresses and other items to people affected by the tornado.
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Subject To Change

Depth: 44 km

Distances: 1271 km NW of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 283,733 / local time: 06:32:33.7 2015-04-22
246 km W of Jayapura, Indonesia / pop: 134,895 / local time: 05:32:33.7 2015-04-22
238 km NW of Abepura, Indonesia / pop: 62,248 / local time: 05:32:33.7 2015-04-22

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Depth: 80 km

Distances: 666 km NW of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,298 / local time: 06:10:19.7 2015-04-22
355 km SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea / pop: 26,273 / local time: 05:10:19.7 2015-04-22
83 km W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea / pop: 2,916 / local time: 05:10:19.7 2015-04-22

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Depth: 100 km

Distances: 394 km NW of La Paz, Bolivia / pop: 812,799 / local time: 15:00:16.1 2015-04-21
142 km SE of Cusco, Peru / pop: 312,140 / local time: 14:00:16.1 2015-04-21
14 km SW of Conchopata, Peru / pop: 3,977 / local time: 14:00:16.1 2015-04-21

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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 995 km NE of Sapporo-shi, Japan / pop: 1,883,027 / local time: 01:35:31.3 2015-04-22
792 km E of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia / pop: 176,484 / local time: 03:35:31.3 2015-04-22
420 km E of Kuril’sk, Russia / pop: 1,719 / local time: 04:35:31.3 2015-04-22

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