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Distances: 71 km E of Los Angeles, United States / pop: 3,792,621 / local time: 16:40:29.0 2015-09-06
17 km NW of Riverside, United States / pop: 303,871 / local time: 16:40:29.0 2015-09-06
4 km W of Fontana, United States / pop: 196,069 / local time: 16:40:29.0 2015-09-06

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5,000 dead fish wash ashore in Buenaventura, Colombia

Fish Kill Alert

In the Bellavista district of the municipality of Buenaventura in Valle del Cauca, were found close to 5 thousand fish ‘carduma’ dead, then that it arose one falls in the tide last Thursday.
There is concern within the community, because strong odors from the decomposition of fish have begun to affect nearby homes, and there is no clarity that may be contaminated water.
As explained by Nicolás Andrade, one of the inhabitants of the area to RCN Radio, “they come with clean water, then as the water is polluted die.” Now there is trash in the estuaries, not that fish anyone consumed by that.
Furthermore the Mayor Herminia Narvaez environmental Technical Director, said that the entity sent a chemical engineer to the area for signs of water and determine the mass of fish, to death according to the locals is not the first time that it occurs.
Among the possible causes of the death of the fish is although it is expected that in six days to know the results of the tests that determine the causes of massive fish.
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27,000 birds dead due to avian flu in Aboisso, Cote d’Ivoire, Africa

Bird Flu

There has been another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Cote D’Ivoire.
The outbreak affected both broilers and layers, and was of the H5N1 serotype.
There were 20,286 deaths from the disease out of a susceptible population of 27,652. Another 7366 birds were slaughtered.
The outbreak occurred in Aboisso region, in the south of the country.
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Thousands of cattle dead due to flooding in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ganado afectado por el desborde del río Salado. FOTO: Facebook.
Won affected by the overflow of the Salado River. Photo: Facebook
The intense temporary that struck until last week to much of the province of Buenos Aires, with up to 400 mm fallen in some areas, led to several towns and villages were, literally, under water. The hectares and the flooded rural settlements are counted by thousands, while the roads became impassable.
In this context, not only the crops were affected: producers ensure that is still difficult to estimate the amount of lost cattle, although they have them for hundreds, even thousands.
Today the area of the rio Salado lives the worst consequences. Abundant rains in the parties located in the high basin made its flow to grow uncontrollably and “sepultara” under the waters to cities and entire villages. The peak of the flood, which days ago threatened Roque Pérez, you are now near General Belgrano, one of the most vulnerable villages between route 29 and the mouth of the River at the Samborombón Bay, reported the Dayportal. He is expected that the ‘wave’ in the coming hours. Therefore the place works hard to return higher earthwork that demarcates the course.
Gustavo Vallejo, beekeeper of General Belgrano, lost nearly a hundred hives with the floodwaters. “He grew up at a speed that did not give time to anything: last Sunday when I went to the field to review some beehives had water halfway through the boot.” The next morning, when I returned to move them, I already reached the crotch; so I put the drawers above a few machines as to a meter and a half floor thinking that water wasn’t going to ever get up there. “Yesterday warned me that they were no longer more: at this point these bees should already go Samborombón Bay”, counted.
However, for what happened was “just a grain of sand in the middle of all that was lost”. “There are a lot cattle dead, because the sheep once wet and cool already are not saved; and many cows water grabbed them just in time of calving. But there was also plenty of pastures sown in fields that were submerged. Therefore, although draining fast, is going to spend a lot of time until we can recover”, said the producer.
For him, who lived three major floods in this place, this is “without doubt the greatest since built Defense Ricardo Calegari in 1992”, embankment to protect the city of extraordinary floods and that today is inches from being exceeded.
If you see the area from the air, the original course of the Salado is difficult to locate. What you see is a sort of “delta”, with islets in which cattle that escaped from the waters takes refuge.
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Hundreds of dead fish found in a waterway in Spalding, England, UK

Fish Kill Alert

Hundreds of fish found in a waterway on the edge of Spalding died because of “low oxygen levels in the water”, according to environmental officers.
Dog walkers and passers-by discovered the fish lying dead in Vernatts Drain, near Johnson Community Hospital, on Friday and Monday.
Specialists from the Environment Agency used air pumps to raise oxygen levels in the water, repeating a similar exercise carried out nearly four years ago when hundreds more fish died in similar circumstances.
George Scott, chairman of Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum, said: “I was walking my dog along Blue Gowt Drove and turned left towards the hospital when I saw what I thought were a lot of lilies out on Vernatts Drain.
“Then I looked again and saw hundreds of fish, including some big ones, dead in the water.
“I’d never seen anything like it before and someone told me that they may have been there since Friday.
“I remember when the fire service came out a couple of years ago to pump oxygen into the water, but I wasn’t sure whether it was a case of lack of oxygen this time.
“It’s good to report things like this rather than just walk past and ignore it because if it’s worth noticing then it’s worth reporting to somebody.”
During the summer, fish are in danger because of low rainfall and high temperatures which can lead to lower oxygen levels in the water.
Keith Morgan, team leader at the Environment Agency, said: “We have responded to a report of dead fish in Vernatts Drain, near Spalding, where our officers attended immediately and identified that this was due to low oxygen levels in the water.
“This is a fairly common occurrence at this time of year which can be caused by low water flows, water temperature or the weather.
“We have used aeration pumps to help increase the amount of oxygen in the water back to where it should be.”
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Hundreds of birds washing up dead or dying, ‘they are starving’, along the Oregon and Washington coast, USA

Hundreds of birds are washing ashore either dead or dying along the Oregon and Southwest Washington Coast.
The majority of them are common murres, which are a type of large auk bird.
Researchers say that the die-off started about three weeks ago.
Since then the Wildlife Center of the North Coast, which helps rehabilitate sick or injured sea-birds, has been getting calls daily about the problem. Right now – they are caring for close to a hundred birds- with about ten common murres coming in daily. Almost all of them are starving.
“They’re totally emaciated, sometimes there’s injuries, other times there’s not,” said Laurel Berblinger, a volunteer at the center.
According to the biologists, the fish the birds normally eat are not there.
Because of the El Nino weather phenomenon that is happening across the Pacific, scientists say the ocean is just too warm right now.
“It really limits the productivity of the ocean from the base level so in the case of the common murre which feeds on small fish, these are not as plentiful as they normally are during a normal ocean condition year,” explained Herman Biederbeck, ODFW biologist for the north coast.
The experts say if you do see a dying bird, or one in need of help, call the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
But with so many dead birds along the beaches now, it’s important to keep children and dogs away from them because some of the birds could be diseased.
Biologists say they are bracing for a lot more of this. They say this die-off could easily stretch into the fall.
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Hundreds of dead fish found in the Ballymartin River in Northern Ireland

Fish Kill Alert

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency and DCAL Fisheries staff are continuing to investigate the cause of a major fish kill on the Ballymartin River.
Hundreds of dead fish were found in the waterway between Mallusk and Patterson’s Spade Mill near Templepatrick earlier this week.
A DOE spokesman confirmed that an NIEA Water Quality Inspector found more than 40 dead fish below the storm water discharge point from Mallusk industrial area on Monday (August 24). And the following day NIEA officials were tasked to the waterway again following the discovery of dozens more dead fish several miles downstream from Mallusk.
“Investigations are ongoing to determine the source of pollution to the watercourse, including samples collected by NIEA from the impacted waterway,” the spokesman said.
“The Environment Minister, Mark H. Durkan, is very concerned at this latest incident and has asked to be kept fully informed on the progress of the investigation, which is still ongoing. The Minster will also be meeting with elected representatives to consider what further actions can be taken to stop these types of incidents.”
Michael Martin, vice-chair of the Six Mile River Trust, believes the fish kill was caused by a pollutant being washed into the river at industrial premises in Mallusk.
He said that minnows, trout, dollaghan, salmon parr, eels and aquatic invertebrates have all been wiped out along the stretch of the river – a tributary of the Sixmilewater.
“It is just devastating to see all these fish lying dead,” Mr Martin said.
“It is extremely disappointing, especially given all the work that has been carried out over the past few years to improve the river habitat.
“Over the past couple of years the dollaghan had recovered and were spawning in the Ballymartin River again for the first time in 40 years, but now they have all been wiped out. It’s terrible to see this again.”
Mr Martin stressed that a lot of work has taken place in recent years involving local environmentalists, anglers, government departments and land owners in a bid to stop pollution of the waterway. And he called on the NIEA to find those responsible for the latest incident and prosecute them.
Chairman of the Trust, Jim Gregg, said the number of dead fish was “likely to be in the hundreds.”
He stressed that this is an important time for the river system, with salmon and dollaghan trout making their annual migratory runs, and warned that the latest pollution incident “could have set us back years again.”
At the time of going to print there had been no reports of dead fish on the Sixmilewater, but Mr Gregg described the incident – the latest in a series on the Ballymartin – as “extremely worrying”.
Responding to news of the fish kill, South Antrim DUP MLAs Trevor Clarke and Paul Girvan requested an urgent site meeting with the DOE Minister and DCAL Minister to discuss ongoing pollution incidents on the waterway.
“I have witnessed first-hand the devastation that this is causing and enough is enough. It’s about time DOE and DCAL took a more proactive approach to bring these incidents to an end,” Mr Clarke said.
Mr Girvan added: “How many more fish will have to die before the relevant departments take the necessary action to protect our waterways?
“Anglers are distraught and angry, and have every right to be so. The departments need to step up to the mark, deliver on previous promises and take action.”
Calling on the NIEA to bring the polluter to justice, their party colleague, Pam Cameron MLA commented: “The wider implications of fish kills such as this cannot be underestimated and have huge repercussions for our entire ecology. It is vital that the Department of the Environment, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure do all they can to minimise the impact of this incident in the short term. However, commitment must be given to find the source of the incident and the perpetrator must be brought to justice.”
The deputy chair of the Assembly Environment Committee added: “Only through having robust deterrents against environmental crime will businesses and individuals begin to think twice about polluting our waterways.
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Hundreds of dead fish found washed ashore on a beach in Suva, Fiji

Fish Kill Alert

The Ministry of Fisheries is currently investigating what appears to be a massive marine mishap which saw dead fish along the Nasese foreshore in Suva yesterday. FBC News was alerted about the discovery, where hundreds of fish were found dead along the coastline. The Fisheries Ministry was then informed and they collected samples of the dead creatures and have taken them to the University of the South Pacific Laboratory for testing. Fisheries officer Katanga Tokabwebwe says they cannot verify the species of the two fish found and what caused the death.
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59,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Changhua County, Taiwan

Bird Flu

There have been two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Taiwan.
The outbreaks were of the H5N2 subtype.
There were 11,952 deaths from the disease on two chicken farms in Dacheng Township, Changhua county. Another 47,548 birds were destroyed to prevent the disease spreading.
The outbreaks were discovered after abnormal mortalities were observed in the flocks. All birds on the farms have now been culled, and disinfection and movement restrictions have also been used.
Surrounding poultry farms within 3 km radius of the infected farms are under intensified surveillance for 3 months.
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100,000 fish killed after oil spill in a creek in Washington, USA

Fish Kill Alert

The Washington Department of Ecology estimates that 66,000 to 100,000 fish have died in Olequa Creek near Winlock after a fire last week razed a warehouse nearby, potentially releasing more than a thousand gallons of vegetable oil into the creek.
The fish include juvenile salmonids, steelhead rainbow trout, coastal cutthroat trout, brook lamprey, sculpin, crayfish and red shiners. An estimated 94 percent of the dead fish were sculpin, a bottom-dwelling fish.
Ecology and the Department of Fish and Wildlife have not definitively determined a cause of death, but the die-offs are presumably related to the oil spill, because oil can coat fishes’ gills, causing them to suffocate. Oil can also cause an algae bloom, which deprives the water of oxygen.
Ecology spokesman Chase Gallagher estimated all aquatic animals in the creek, which is a tributary of the Cowlitz River, have died in a 3.5-mile area below the spill. Gallagher said there have been no reports that the oil sheen has reached the Cowlitz.
WDFW biologists were not available Monday to put the loss into perspective.
Officials still don’t know how much oil spilled into the creek, but the company that owns the warehouse, Olympic Trading Corp., was storing at least 1,100 gallons of vegetable and canola oil inside.
Ecology contract crews have been cleaning up the spill since the fire burned down the warehouse at 803 NW Kerron St. and disgorged the stored cooking oil.
“The absorbents are doing a good job,” Gallagher said of the pads the department is using to mop up the oil. “All the reports are saying that … the clearness of the creek is improving.”
An investigation into a cause of the fire is ongoing.
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