Archive | October 18, 2015

MAGNITUDE 3.1 SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIF. USA

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Distances: 534 km NW of Los Angeles, United States / pop: 3,792,621 / local time: 15:31:28.2 2015-10-18
97 km SW of Sacramento, United States / pop: 466,488 / local time: 15:31:28.2 2015-10-18
27 km E of Oakland, United States / pop: 390,724 / local time: 15:31:28.2 2015-10-18
1 km NE of San Ramon, United States / pop: 72,148 / local time: 15:31:28.2 2015-10-18

 
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MAGNITUDE 2.6 LONG VALLEY AREA, CALIFORNIA, USA

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Distances: 397 km N of Los Angeles, United States / pop: 3,792,621 / local time: 14:54:16.7 2015-10-18
191 km SE of Carson City, United States / pop: 55,274 / local time: 14:54:16.7 2015-10-18
96 km E of Mariposa, United States / pop: 2,173 / local time: 14:54:16.7 2015-10-18
10 km SE of Mammoth Lakes, United States / pop: 8,234 / local time: 14:54:16.7 2015-10-18

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70 TONS of salmon die during lice treatment in Bremanger, Norway

Very serious event, “said the FSA after the loss of 70 tons of salmon. Authority has pointed out the violation after the incident, and ask the fish farming giant sharpen routines.
 
The incident occurred in the locality Gulestø in Bremerton. In location a total of 190,000 swam salmon. Almost nine percent died in the course of the findings from the treatment.
 
Hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant and one of the most common drugs used in the fight against too much lice on salmon. According to seafood Norway used the industry last year over 30,000 tons of hydrogen peroxide to keep the gate numbers down. It is four times more than the year before.
 
According to our information was the dosage right. The problem was too little oxygen in the water and too little throughput, said first Inspector Nina Manning in the Norwegian food safety authority. She alerts the supervision at the plant shortly.
Courtesy of sysla.no

Hundreds of sea otters washing up dead or dying in Kachemak Bay, Alaska, USA

Sea Otters. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife photo)
Sea Otters. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife photo)
 
Scientists continue to see large numbers of dead or sick sea otters turning up in the Kachemak Bay region.
 
Officials with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service say the agency has received about 200 reports of sick or dead otters over the past couple of months.
 
They’ve teamed up with the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward and they’re running tests to try to find out the cause. In the meantime, they’re asking for the public’s help.
 
It’s Friday night and Marc Webber, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Homer, has already had two calls for sick otters.
 
“Well I just was out on the spit having dinner with my family and a call came in as I was coming into the station of two otters ashore on mariner this evening,” he said.
 
Webber is part of a group trained to respond to sick and injured marine mammals. He’s Deputy Refuge Manager for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge which runs the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitors center in Homer.
 
“And so I was able to get to one of them down below the rock wall along the spit road and that individual is in very bad shape,” Webber said. “It is in a somewhat depleted condition, but demonstrating something we’ve also seen a little bit of which is a set of neurological conditions where it was twitching.”
 
Webber and trained volunteers try to keep people away from sick otters and get a vet to euthanize them when necessary.
 
“We’re finding otters all over the Homer area,” he said. “They’re found from outer Bishop’s Beach all the way around the spit on both sides and around the shores of Mud Bay, so pretty wide spread.”
 
Otters play an important role in their ecosystem, Webber notes – so when something is going wrong with them, something is likely affecting the entire ecosystem.
 
Otters were nearly hunted to extinction during the fur trade of the 1700s and 1800s and suffered again after the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
 
The sea otters in Kachemak Bay are part of a population that stretches from Cook Inlet to Prince William Sound. In the 1970’s they received protection through the Marine Mammal Protection Act and remain protected. At last count (2012), the Kachemak Bay otter population was around 5,900.
 
Cari Goertz is a veterinarian with the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. She’s been examining sick otters.
 
“This summer started off fairly typical with a couple of otter carcasses or few otter carcasses being found every week,” Goertz said. “However as the summer went on into august and September we were getting up over 20 carcasses or moribund animals each week.”
 
“And it’s in those animals that we’ve seen different presentations.”
 
She says they’ve been tracking a streptococcus illness in Kachemak Bay area otters for some time and those otters usually appear sickly and emaciated. But the otters that have died since August seem different.
 
“Most recently what we’ve seen more of is animals in a healthier condition that seem to have been taking care of themselves well but have died acutely and that has become more common in the ones that we’ve been seeing in the last couple of months,” Goertz said said.
 
If you see a beached live otter or a dead one, officials want to know about it. They’re asking people to call the Alaska SeaLife Center Stranded Marine Mammal Hotline. They say otters shouldn’t be approached because streptococcus related illness can be passed to humans. Dogs should also be restrained, as the illness can be passed to them too. In addition, a sick otter could get defensive.
 
Webber, with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Department in Homer says he’s responded to around 50 calls for dead and dying otters over the past couple of months, and what he’s seeing seems different than what he’s seen in the past.
 
“Something is hitting them harder and faster, in addition to the disease that we’re familiar with seeing, something else seems to be involved,” Webber said. “That’s just speculation, we don’t have any evidence yet, but that’s what we’re seeing on the beach.”
 
Officials with the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alaska SeaLife Center say they’re waiting for lab tests to get back in the next few weeks.
Courtesy of alaskapublic.org

4,000 birds dead due to another outbreak of avian flu in Jigawa, Nigeria

Bird Flu

An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in Nigeria, in a different area to the most recent outbreaks.
 
Whilst the other recent outbreaks have taken place in the Rivers and Lagos areas, the current outbreak took place in the Jigawa area, to the north of the country.
 
The outbreak, of the H5N1 serotype, occurred on a farm with 52-week-old layers.
 
There were 1000 deaths, and 3000 birds were destroyed as a result of the outbreak.
Courtesy of thepoultrysite.com

40 dead turtles found on the beaches of Rimini, Italy

Bad news on the Riviera for the marine world. Between Saturday and Monday were forty turtles death retrieved sull’arenile between Ravenna and Misano. It is of specimens of different sizes and most found beached, already in a state of decomposition.
 
Among these was unearthed Gigi, a turtle treated by Cetacean Foundation in Riccione last year and released in Cesenatico on 8 August 2014. The specimen was recognized due to the plate that had been applied to the front flipper.
 
Ravenna has been activated the regional network for the protection of sea turtles and cetaceans, with a direct channel to the Foundation to ask riccionese transporting carcasses Institute zooprofilattico Forli which gave immediate availability.
 
Turtle death will be made ​​now the autopsy to know the causes of death of these animals in the Adriatic Sea.
 
“It is the sadness for the recurrence of these phenomena – said Sauro Pari, the Cetacean Foundation Emilia Romagna – more and more frequent. And ‘therefore necessary to understand the causes of death of the turtles and take action to resolve them. “
Courtesy of ilrestodelcarlino.it

Mass die off of cattle due to drought in Lubhuku, Swaziland, Africa

Livestock Alert

Scores of cattle have reportedly died at Lubhuku and surrounding areas since July as a result of the severe drought that has hit the country.
 
Lubhuku is a rural community situated near Mpaka, which is under the authority of Chief Ndlondlo Tsabedze.
 
According to livestock farmers in the area, the number of cattle that have died could be more following reports that some cattle died in the forests and were never discovered.
 
The situation, livestock farmers said, has been exacerbated by the extremely hot whether conditions that were experienced in the country in the past two weeks.
 
“Just last week alone, about 10 cattle died here,” said a livestock farmer from Lubhuku.
 
“The cows are weak because there is no grass and enough water so they cannot withstand the extreme weather conditions,” he said.
 
This reporter was shown around the banks of Lubhuku dam where already decomposed carcasses of cattle are mostly found.
 
Some residents were spotted near the dam carrying the meat of a cow that had died the previous day.
 
“The cow died on its own and we are now taking the meat home,” Mpendulo Siwela said.
 
Mpendulo was seen pushing two wheelbarrows full of meat with his sister, Sihle.
 
Two other children were also spotted carrying buckets full of meat from a cow that had died near the dam.
 
Lubhuku livestock farmer Phillmah Mazibuko estimated that the total number of cattle that had died so far could be more than 1 000.
 
A local veterinary officer who is said to have up-to-date statistics about all the cattle that have died at Lubhuku was not found at his house and his mobile phone also rang unanswered.
 
However, a senior veterinary official from the Lubombo region confirmed that the number of dead cattle at Lubhuku could be over 1 000.
 
The official, however, referred this reporter to the Director of Veterinary Services in the Ministry of Agriculture Dr Xolani Dlamini for an official comment.
Courtesy of times.co.sz

11 sea lions and 2 turtles found dead on a beach in Tumbes, Peru

Fishermen from downtown San Isidro populated region of Tumbes in northern Peru, they found eleven sea lion and two dead turtles on the shores of Hermosa Beach, in the Las Garzas, four kilometers from the sea.
 
The animals that remain for several days in the area, were found in a state of putrefaction.
 
The fisherman Fidel Córdova said that the animals have been poisoned.
 
He also expressed concern about pollution and odor that are generating the dead animals at the seashore Beautiful.
Courtesy of rpp.pe

Hundreds of dead fish found on a beach in Aracruz, Brazil

Fish Kill Alert

Hundreds of peroás, typical fish of the Holy Spirit, were found dead in the beach sands of Barra do Riacho in Aracruz, in the state’s northern region, on Thursday (8). An environmentalist who passed by local registered images showing the fish in the stretch of sand.
 
Valdinei Tavares, who is also president of the Friends of the Barra do Riacho, said the peroás were seen at dawn and floating in the sea near where the river flows.
 
The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural and Renewable Resources (IBAMA) said it believes the deaths were caused by overfishing, but it will investigate the causes.
 
According to the environmental analyst Vinicius de Seixas Queiroz, an unofficial gathering was held and virtually excluded the possibility of contamination of fish. He said the agency will conduct a new site visit on Friday (9), to collect fish samples found.
 
In addition to the Barra do Riacho Beach, fish were found dead in Barra do Sahy and between Portocel and Jurong Shipyard Aracruz.
Courtesy of espirito-santo

5 TONS of dead fish found in the bay area of Macau, China

Fish Kill Alert

Macau Maritime and Water and the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday morning in Fai Chi Kei North Bay area of ​​dead fish found in the sea, today the council continue to send personnel and ships to sea to clean someone’s work, and in the morning to complete a total of nearly 5 tons salvage dead fish. 
 
EPA means today also sent to investigate and inspect, based on monitoring data provided on site conditions and chopsticks base in North Bay water quality monitoring stations of the show, has continued low dissolved oxygen, dissolved oxygen concentration is low does not exclude the cause of fish One of the reasons the local death occurred. Two innings both appealed to the public not to eat dead fish, so as not to affect health.
Courtesy of tw.on.cc