Archive | September 20, 2015

Thousands of fish dead due to pollution in a river in Cumbria, England, UK

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Thousands of fish have died after a serious pollution leak in Cumbria.
A team of Environment Agency officers are currently tackling the problem, at Skitwath and Dacre Becks, near Penruddock.
The pollution was reported by several members of the public who noticed dead fish and brown discolouration of the river on Tuesday afternoon.
Specialist Environment Officers and Fisheries Officers arrived at the scene to collect evidence and assess the extent of the pollution.
Initial investigations show that slurry has affected several miles of river, leading to the death of thousands of trout, salmon and other species of fish.
The source of the pollution has now been found and stopped.
The Environment Agency is currently raising the oxygen levels in the water, to minimise further damage to fish and other wildlife.
Officers will remain onsite for the next few days to monitor the situation.
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Hundreds (maybe thousands) of dead fish found floating on a lake in Missouri, USA

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A fish kill in Benton County left hundreds of fish dead. Nathan Manning was feeding his cows one day when he noticed dead fish floating in his fish pond.
“Oh, there’s thousands,” Manning said on Thursday.  “I saw all the fish on the top of the water and some of them were dead and there were some still kind of swimming on their side and stuff.”
He contacted the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Conservation but he says they couldn’t tell him what killed the fish.
“They said they didn’t really now what caused it for sure.  They thought it was low oxygen level but I don’t think they test for a lot  of different things,” said Manning.
Manning’s pond covers about six or seven acres and was once home to hundreds, but now most of those fish, both big and small, are dead.
“There’s bluegill and catfish and bass; I found a lot of them and I found some goldfish, too — somebody must have turned them in there at one point — but they were dead as well,” said Manning.
Now Manning and his family hope they can get some answers and save some of his fish.
The City of Lincoln says its water quality is checked every two weeks at its waste water lagoon that sits on an adjacent property to Manning’s land, and it tested safe, but Manning is still waiting to hear the results of the Department of Conservation’s water quality test.
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Massive die off of fish along 2km of river, ‘a mystery’ in Hefei, China

Nanfeihe River in Hefei suddenly emerged in recent days a large number of dead fish, dead fish on the water over two kilometers. According to local staff of the various departments, this time called the South feihe River one of the most serious “the dead fish floating corpse.”
Crews on the ground, from the Hefei port when the ship pulled out after 1 km to the Southeast, you will see dead fish floating in the water, followed by two more kilometers more and more. Next to the boat dock on the shore, also piled up hundreds of dead fish, when the central part of the abdomen is black. Waters is dead fish almost completely occupied, cargo ships sailing as “split” on “dead fish” ahead.
According to the number of relevant staff in the local said, this may be called worst mass nanfeihe River fish kill. The staff, the dead fish appeared in the 5th and as late as the morning of 6th night, but these days the temperature stable water hypoxia problem should not exist. Earlier, river waters concerned earlier rust temporarily any causal relationship between the unknown. At present, the authorities are still investigating the source of mass fish kill.
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Massive die off of fish, no one knows why, in Mymensingh, Bangladesh

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Over the past fifteen years, Bangladeshi pisciculture has undergone a revolution, bringing the nation to fourth position globally in the farming of freshwater fish. For the last several years, koi fish, first Thai koi and subsequently ‘all female’ koi, have shared centre stage; but from three years ago it was Vietnamese koi that took the mantle of most exciting koi breed, with the promise of the highest profits. The Vietnamese koi industry has blossomed since, without a hitch, until now. 
This year, Vietnamese koi farmers have lost millions of taka. To find out exactly what is going on, I spoke with the pisciculturalists of Mymensingh, the district that has long been one step ahead of others in freshwater fish production.
“I couldn’t sell any fish yet,” says pisciculturalist Rahim of Mymensingh’s Fulbari upazila. “All the adult koi are dead, only the small ones are left.”
His colleague Jabbar from Mymensingh Sadar upazila says he started with approximately 350,000 Vietnamese koi fry but only around 50,000 have survived.
In nearby Trishal upazila, Jamil tells of similar woe. “When the fish were only a month old they started to die. On many a morning I found dead koi floating.”
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155,000 fish have died in a river hatchery in California, USA

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More than 150,000 rainbow trout died in just a matter of minutes at a fish hatchery, and state and federal officials are blaming it on a mystery goo released from the dam.
Officials say the mystery goo went through the pipes and was released from Nimbus Dam.
“To the moment we’ve lost 155,000 rainbow trout,” said Andrew Hughan with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. “It’s certainly devastating to our hatchery operations.”
On Tuesday evening, Bureau of Reclamation crews were doing maintenance work on pipes at the Nimbus Dam when one of the pipes released a gooey substance into the American River that eventually flowed into the hatchery.
“Ultimately the water that came out into the hatchery here clogged up our chilling plant and UV filters and our whole filtering system which in turn heated the water, polluted the water, and killed the fish,” Hughson said.
Federal officials are still analyzing the substance and wonder if it’s drought-related.
“I don’t know if its drought-related. And the water is warmer than it normally is, allowing the algae to grow in a way that we didn’t anticipate. But it could be a number of different things,” said Shane Hunt.
Despite the large numbers of dead fish, wildlife officials don’t expect a dramatic loss of fishing.
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Hundreds of dead fish found in a lake in Louisiana, USA

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Lake Buhlow in Pineville has been closed after hundreds of fish died because of a low oxygen level, officials reported.
The dead fish are causing quite a stink – literally – but only if you are near the lake. As of noon Wednesday, the smell could not be detected from U.S. Highway 165, which runs near the lake.
A news release from the city of Pineville said the lake will be closed until early next week, which was recommended by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.
“City of Pineville officials were notified early this morning of what is commonly called a ‘fish kill’ occurring at Buhlow. Subsequent testing has showed the oxygen level in the lake to be below .01 and that oxygen depletion is causing the killing of ‘bait fish’ around the lake,” the Pineville news release said Wednesday.
“​We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause the boating and fishing public.”
​ Most of the dead fish that can be seen are near the banks. There were no accumulations of dead fish in the open area of the lake.
Most of the dead fish are 3 to 5 inches long, but some are game fish about 8 to 10 inches long.
Barricades have been placed at the entrance to the lake to keep vehicles out.
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***BE ALERT***

Proton Alert 20.09.15 21.56 hrs UTC



Kp Index is at level 5
Scale of G1


Power systems: weak power grid fluctuations can occur.
Spacecraft operations: minor impact on satellite operations possible.
Other systems: migratory animals are affected at this and higher levels

Kp Index NOAA 20.09.15 18.30 hrs UTC

Power cuts expected as Israel braces for rainy weather


After a summer marked by especially high temperatures and a five-day sandstorm that broke air pollution records this month, Israel is expected to see its first real rainy day of the season nationwide on Monday.
But with the relief comes a caveat as the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) issued a warning Sunday that power cuts should be expected at a higher rate than usual, following the high concentration of dust particles in the air. The IEC said that it called in reinforcements to deal with the cuts and to man the phones.
During the sandstorm earlier this month, power usage broke an all-time record as Israelis tried to keep cool — surpassing an earlier all-time high set during a heatwave last month.
The Environmental Protection Ministry reported in several parts of the country that air pollution levels during the storm were at their worst in 75 years.
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