Archive | April 22, 2015



Earthquake Swarm



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Magnetogram 22.04.15  22.29 hrs UTC


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Depth: 206 km

Distances: 188 km W of La Paz, Bolivia / pop: 812,799 / local time: 17:13:01.0 2015-04-22
99 km S of Puno, Peru / pop: 116,552 / local time: 16:13:01.0 2015-04-22
65 km N of Chuquitira, Peru / pop: 4,220 / local time: 16:13:01.0 2015-04-22

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Depth: 3 km

Distances: 1102 km S of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga / pop: 22,400 / local time: 06:03:07.2 2015-04-23
885 km NE of Whangarei, New Zealand / pop: 50,900 / local time: 05:03:07.2 2015-04-23

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60,000 dead fish ‘a mystery’ in Ormelle, Italy

Moria trout (archive)
Moria trout (archive)
Massacre of trout in Ormelle: sixty thousand dead fish in breeding
Nearly three tons. In numbers, sixty thousand dead fish. A real slaughter one that Wednesday morning hit a breeding Ormelle. The police and technicians Arpav were put to work to understand what may have originated from the memory.
Were some guards to notice of the massacre, to notice all those trout death and raise the alarm. It was about 60 thousand, the l for breeding represents a significant economic damage. Technicians Arpav along with soldiers of intervened on the spot and have performed pads. It remains a mystery what could be the origin of the massacre.“
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Large fish kill in Spencer lake in Ohio, USA

The warmer weather affects me like paroled madman every year and I find myself standing on the boat ramp at Spencer Lake Wildlife area, flanked by my fellow former inmates; sportsmen so anxious to get in their boats and go fishing that they too want to see just how much the ice has drawn back from the shore. It’s not much, mere inches, and every night it refreezes so it’s slow going before we’ll be pitching crankbaits at submurged tree stumps here. But as the ice draws back, it offers up a grizzly find and our sunny hearts sink. At the end of the dock we see a dead three pound Smallmouth and a what is certainly a Fish-Ohio Award Crappie. What joy these fish would have brought on the end of a line in the sun of a mid-summer evening. Now they just float here white and water-logged, belly up waiting to have their bones picked by crows or marauding seagulls, venturing far in from Lake Erie’s shore to feast on this macabre buffet of death.
Gizzard Shad are everywhere; usually a nuisance to fisherman but an important food source for the larger gamefish and bass that are so popular at this lake. Now the food chain is damaged if not broken, and although some dead fish are normal to find in the Spring, you could almost step from one to the next all the way around the shore. Panfish carcasses are numerous in the kill but probably underrepresented for as many of them as this lake holds. In warmer times this is the perfect place to take the kids and spend the happiest of days catching bluegill after bluegill while lunching on bolognie sandwiches. Now I’m holding my breath to see how many are left.
Many large catfish litter the banks, usually the dwellers of the bottom where it’s always cold and dark. Way back in the 80′s Bob, Pete and I used to come out here to night fish for these lunkers by the light of a Coleman lantern. A few years down the line, this lake holds many memories for me and great inland fishing close to home still today. I just hope the good times aren’t over for good.
It’s a condition called “Winterkill”, and it happens when there is a significant decline in oxygen levels during a long period of surface ice cover. As long as the body of water is partially open, oxygen levels will remain high enough because diffusion of oxygen from the air and wind agitation adds more oxygen to the water than the fish use. A lot of people think it’s the temperature that kills the fish, but that’s actually not true (and yes, cold water does hold more oxygen but read on).
With a thick layer of ice like we had this winter and shorter hours of sunlight the process of photosynthesis in aquatic plants grinds to a halt, and the water receives little oxygen from them. If the ice is thin and clear, aquatic plants can manage to carry on and pretty well compensate for the oxygen used by fish and decomposition of aquatic life (an aerobic process too). But if the ice thickens, or worse yet, is covered by snow (which also happened this year) then it gets much harder for photosynthesis and the oxygen situation gets worse. It doesn’t have to be much worse, just one or two parts per million less oxygen in the water and fish begin to die. If this happens throughout the lake, a complete and total fish kill is possible.
Ohio Division of Wildlife is on top of the situation here, calling this “a substantial kill event that has affected many fish species” but it’s clear that we need the ice to melt back a bit to get a better look at the entirety of the situation and for fish management specialists to come up with a strategy. Spencer Lake is in many ways the perfect combination of factors for Winterkill to happen. It’s shallow (no more than 16 feet deep in most places) a man-made lake surrounded by trees with very little natural flow. If this sounds like a lot of places in our area, that’s right. Phil Hillman, fish management supervisor for the Division of Wildlife said, “It will not be unlikely that we hear more stories this spring of winter-kill events in other shallow, productive (nutrient rich) smaller lakes and ponds.”
So for now, we watch the seagulls feast, we walk the banks, and wait for the sun to come out and melt the ice, hoping for the best from a bad situation.
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Large fish kill in a river and lagoon in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Scores of dead fish littered Toti Lagoon on Monday morning. Pic: South Coast Sun.
Scores of dead fish littered Toti Lagoon on Monday morning. Pic: South Coast Sun
Investigations are ongoing after scores of fish were killed in the Amanzimtoti river and lagoon, in KwaZulu-Natal, and it is believed to have been a result of pollution in the waterways.
Amanzimtoti environmentalist Jen Adams investigated and took photos of a school of dead fish in the lagoon on Monday morning, March 23, and reported the incident to the Toti Conservancy, South Coast Sun reported.
It is alleged there were also dead fish in the river close to Amanzimtoti Civic Centre.
“At the time there were 11 pelicans and at least 20 woolly-necked storks in the water at the lagoon, but thankfully I did not see any eating the dead fish, which had probably died from some unknown pollution,” Adams said.
“We are fighting an ongoing battle with all types of water pollution coming past the Bird Sanctuary and feeding into Toti lagoon. Let’s hope something is done to protect our environment because this is just totally unacceptable. Something has to change to improve the situation,” Adams added.
Toti Conservancy chairperson Laura Taylor told The Citizen that at this stage it is believed sewerage was not the cause for lagoon contamination, but it is suspected that high dissolved oxygen levels might have been the cause.
Taylor added there had been an oily sheen covering the river.
The numbers of fish that died are probably close to a 1000, said Taylor.
In an email, which The Citizen is in possession of, Taylor suggested to the eThekwini Municipality officials that they open up the mouth to let the lagoon drain and hopefully get some clean seawater in and get rid of all the dead fish.
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Sea birds found dead, ‘stomachs littered with plastic’ on Isle of May in Scotland, UK

POST-MORTEM examinations on puffins found dead on a Scottish island have found their stomachs littered with small plastic pellets used in the manufacturing industry.
Known as ‘nurdles’, the pellets are the raw materials used to make plastic items and are a growing cause of pollution in the world’s oceans.
Accidental spills mean billions of these pellets find their way into the marine environment every year, with Scotland’s seas no exception.
Now conservationists have raised concern for the country’s seabirds after routine examinations of puffin corpses collected in the Firth of Forth revealed many of the birds had swallowed nurdles along with their usual prey.
Experts are still unsure of the full impact of nurdles on wildlife, but it is believed they may attract and become coated with other toxic pollutants in the sea.
This could increase the dangers to marine animals and birds mistaking the lentil-sized fragments for food.
Scientists dissecting dead birds collected on the Isle of May were initially puzzled when they discovered various coloured pellets alongside their more usual diet of sandeels.
It was environmentalists from the charity Fidra, who run the Great Nurdle Hunt campaign against plastic pollution, who explained what they were seeing.
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Mass die off of fish in Madison lake, Ohio, USA

Fish Kill Alert

A lake is littered with dead fish along its shoreline in what’s become a common spring-time sight.
Dead shad are floating along the banks of Madison Lake in London.  
Elizabeth Wheeler visits the state park for peace and quiet and for her favorite past-time of fishing. “It’s so relaxing there’s so much going on in the city you just get out in the wild and enjoy yourself,” said Wheeler.
Wheeler says the dead fish just inches away from her feet don’t bother her at all.
“A lot of people probably wouldn’t know about it yeah it’s every year especially this year with being so bad,” said Wheeler.
The common spring-time occurrence is what’s known as winterkill according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources after months of heavy ice and snow cover.
The fish couldn’t get enough oxygen to survive.
ODNR says it’s most common in shallow ponds. The fish are expected to disappear pretty quickly as wild animals feast on what they find.
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21 Pelicans found dead ‘due to bird flu’ in Srebarna Nature Reserve, Bulgaria

Bird Flu

The bodies of 21 pelicans were found in the Srebarna nature reserve in northeastern Bulgaria on Tuesday. The likely causes of the birds’ death are disease, poisoning or overpopulation of the colony, private bTV station reports. The reserve has a pelican colony consisting of 65 couples and during the inspection on Tuesday newly-hatched pelicans were discovered. Employees at the reserve and local residents claim that there has been no such mass death of birds until now. The pelican colony had not been inspected as the birds should not be disturbed during their nesting period. It was announced that the measures against bird flu, which had been introduced in the beginning of the year, will remain in force and monitoring of the reserve will continue. White immovable birds had been spotted through the reserve’s video surveillance system, but they were not identified until Tuesday. The regional environmental and water inspection in Ruse has informed the Ministry of Environment and Water of the incident.
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