Archive | May 20, 2015

Hundreds of marine mammals, including seals and whales have washed up dead during winter in Quebec, Canada

Al Grillo / AP / The Canadian Press
With the arrival of spring and the ice melted, the Quebec Emergency Response Network for Marine Mammals request the cooperation of the residents and other users of the St. Lawrence River to promptly report the discovery of carcasses.
 
Hundreds of carcasses of marine mammals, including seals and whales, have failed during the winter. They represent valuable information for conservation and scientific research.
 
Depending on the species and the state of the carcass, volunteers or Network partners will go on the stranding site to collect additional data, such as gender and age of the animal. These data allow among others to track populations of marine mammals of the St. Lawrence.
 
Some species are subject to a tighter monitoring program. For example, in the case of beluga whales, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is pursuing a systematic sampling program of carcasses. If they are fresh, they are sent to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal, Saint-Hyacinthe, for a full review. This necropsy to determine among others the cause of death, diseases and contamination with various toxic products.
 
If the state of the carcass does not justify this move, the National Institute of Ecotoxicology St. Lawrence performs sampling on site to determine at least the age of beluga, gender and levels of various contaminants the fat of the animal.
 
The Quebec Emergency Response Network for Marine Mammals is thanks to the commitment of fifteen private and government organizations and a hundred volunteers. Its mandate is to organize, coordinate and implement measures to reduce the incidental mortality of marine mammals, to rescue those in difficulty and to promote the acquisition of knowledge from dead animals in the waters of St. Lawrence bordering Quebec.
Courtesy of msn.com

MAGNITUDE 6.9 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS REGION

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10002b03#general_summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 19 km

Distances: 184km (114mi) W of Lata, Solomon Islands
487km (303mi) ESE of Honiara, Solomon Islands
609km (378mi) NNW of Luganville, Vanuatu
881km (547mi) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu
1079km (670mi) ESE of Arawa, Papua New Guinea

MAGNITUDE 5.0 PERU ECUADOR BORDER REGION

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10002azw#general_summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 42 km

Distances: 104km (65mi) SE of Sucua, Ecuador
112km (70mi) SE of Macas, Ecuador
146km (91mi) E of Gualaceo, Ecuador
156km (97mi) ESE of Azogues, Ecuador
339km (211mi) SSE of Quito, Ecuador

1,000+ cattle have died ‘due to drought’ in Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam

Livestock Alert

In Ninh Thuan, prolonged drought has left more than 1,000 cattle died from lack of food and drinking water.
As of this time, the total tonnage of 20 reservoirs in the province of Ninh Thuan to about 10.6% design capacity. While agencies Meteorological Forecasting forecast until mid September at this new future should rain, the drought situation will continue intense and takes place on a large scale.
 
The lack of water damage livestock, crops, causing people to stop production, decertified land, people’s lives difficult capital is even harder, risk of poverty is very high, the epidemic could break at any moment.
 
Facing severe drought in Ninh Thuan, in his meeting with provincial leaders last afternoon 13/4, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked, Ninh Thuan province to concentrate for curbing term, limit the damage to a minimum, take measures to protect cattle and the existing plant area, to find out measures to restructure the plant, ensure adaptation to climatic conditions, soil, turn challenges into opportunities to thrive and grow.
 
Ninh Thuan province has also recommended the Government to support local hunger relief rice 2nd 2015, suggested the government support funds to 132 billion against drought in 2015 to carry out the connection, expand the water supply system, expand intake, canals; purchase and transportation of drinking water for the population; canal dredging, digging ponds, wells against drought.
Courtesy of vtv.vn

MEGA CROSSOVER DIP SPIKING ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 20:00, 23:00 hrs UTC

**VERY URGENT**
   MEGA CROSSOVER DIP SPIKING ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 20:00, 23:00 hrs UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 21.05.15  22.49 hrs UTC

Hundreds of dead fish wash up on Nuns’ Island in Quebec, Canada

Hundreds of fish washed up on the shore of a man-made lake in Nuns' Island this week.
Hundreds of fish washed up on the shore of a man-made lake in Nuns’ Island this week. (Thomas Gerbet/Radio-Canada)
Environmental officials were on the scene Friday morning in Nuns’ Island, where hundreds of dead fish were found in a small artificial lake.
 
Catherine Kellner lives nearby and noticed the fish while walking by the lake a couple of days ago.
 
“The lake was still frozen over, and the dead fish were trapped in the ice floating, and thousands of seagulls were just feasting, and then along the borders of the lake was an unusually high number of dead fish,” said Kellner.
 
The lake has since thawed completely, and municipal workers scooped the fish out of the lake with nets Friday and hauled them away in garbage bags.
 
Recurring problem
 
Verdun borough mayor Jean-Francois Parenteau said Friday this is a recurring problem.
 
“In the wintertime, the water supply is too low, and there’s a formation of a layer of ice on the top of the lake preventing the water from receiving oxygen,” said Parenteau.
 
He said the fish suffocate from the lack of oxygen.
 
Parenteau said this year more fish than normal died because the cold winter created a thicker ice cover.
 
He says the borough plans to build a pumping station this summer to bring oxygenated water from the St-Lawrence river into the lake, which should fix the problem.
Courtesy of cbc.ca

Hundreds of dead fish found in a pond in Bangalore, India

Morning walkers were shocked to see dead fish in the Cubbon Park pond on Thursday.— Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.
Morning walkers were shocked to see dead fish in the Cubbon Park pond on Thursday.— Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.
Hundreds of fish have died over the last two days in the lotus pond on the Bal Bhavan premises in Cubbon Park. Morning walkers on Thursday were shocked to see fish floating in the pond.
 
Although Deputy Director (Cubbon Park) Mahantesh Murgod attributed the fish kill to depletion of dissolved oxygen levels in the pond, S. Umesh, president of the Cubbon Park Walkers’ Association, claimed inflow of sewage and effluents (petrol and diesel) from vehicles parked near the Bal Bhavan into the pond as the reason for it.
 
Mr. Umesh said fuel from vehicles parked near the Bal Bhavan gets spilled on the road and enters the pond along with rainwater. This contaminates the pond water, resulting in fish kill, he said. Mr. Murgod, however, said low dissolved oxygen level was a common phenomenon during the first summer showers.
 
“We noticed dead fish floating in the pond on Tuesday. More than 700 dead fish had been removed and buried. The pond has been cleaned,” he said.
We noticed dead
 
fish floating in the pond on Tuesday. More than 700 dead fish have been removed and buried. The pond has been cleaned
 
Mahantesh Murgod,Deputy Director (Cubbon Park)
 
We noticed dead fish floating in the pond on Tuesday. More than 700 dead fish have been removed and buried. The pond has been cleaned Mahantesh Murgod,Deputy Director (Cubbon Park)
Courtesy of thehindu.com

Scores of dead dolphins and whales washing up ‘is strange’ along coast of France

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Scores of dead dolphins and whales washing up ‘is strange’ along coast of France

200,000+ birds dead due to avian flu in Burkina Faso

Bird Flu

By April 13, 2015, over 202, 000 deaths of chicken and estimated losses of over 3 billion CFA Francs (about 5 million U.S. dollars) had been reported in Burkina Faso following the confirmation of an outbreak of bird flu in early April.
A source from the ministry in charge of animal resources said on Wednesday that bird flu had been reported in five of the country’s 45 provinces, and it had killed 200,000 hens and 2,000 guinea fowls.
Close to 11.4 million poultry are exposed to the disease.
 
Due to this situation, the ministry has reinforced its counterattack measures that include destruction of bodies of birds that died from contamination, killing of already infected poultry and sensitization of the population on measures to be taken, the director of veterinary services Lassiana Ouattara said.
 
Burkina Faso has already mobilized 390 million CFA Francs to fund this counterattack plan, and has appealed for additional support of 2.6 billion CFA Francs from technical and financial partners.
 
The H5N1 bird flu virus can affect individuals in close contact with infected or dead birds. Statistics from the World Health Organization show that the disease has killed over 400 people in the world since 2003.
 
Since the confirmation of bird flu, several neighbouring countries have banned the importation of poultry from Burkina Faso, the second highest foreign exchange earner for the country after the mining sector.
Courtesy of spyghana.com