Archive | May 4, 2016

2,600+ Turtles and thousands of sea birds found dead during past 6 months in southern Brazil

Photo: Images – TAMAR / Disclosure Project
In six months, the Basin Beaches Monitoring Project of Santos , led by Univali in Itajai, collected more than 2,600 dead turtles between Ubatuba (SP) and Laguna (SC) _ an average of 14 per day. Most are victims of human interference, and they are not the only victims: birds had an even higher mortality, with more than 4,800 record in the last 180 days.
The numbers spooked even the researchers. André Barreto, coordinator of the project, says it will be necessary to gather new data to understand whether it is an isolated phenomenon, or proof that the marine life is threatened. 
_ It was an atypical year, under the influence of El Niño. We want to understand whether the killing was out of the ordinary, or if you do not know these numbers because we could not see.
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Among the birds, it is possible that a meteorological phenomenon has interfered in the death of about 2,000 copies of a seabird known as a great fool, and that migrates from the Northern Hemisphere to the South. The animals were found in a 20 day period, possibly victims of a cold front. 
Among the turtles, the main cause of death is fishing and waste which negligently human, will stop at sea. The friendly green turtles, the same as turned character in Nemo movie, are the most up dead on beaches _ coincidentally, those living closer to the coast. 
living or debilitated animals found also receive design attention. Currently there are turtles and birds in treatment in Florianópolis, Tamar and R3 Institute. Five new stabilization bases are under construction in the country – three of them in SC in South San Francisco, Laguna and Penha, which already has a base maintained by Univali and will be reformed. Florianópolis win one of the five rehabilitation units, and Imbituba have a support base.
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Hundreds of TONS of fish suddenly die in Lake Toba, Indonesia

Illustration. (Dok.Okezone)
Illustration. (Dok.Okezone)
Hundreds of tons of farmed fish farmers Keramba cage (KJA) in Lake Toba, precisely in the village of Ancient City, District Haranggaol, Simalungun, North Sumatra, died suddenly.
Information gathered on Tuesday (05/03/2016), cases of sudden death fish becomes well-known since Monday, April 2, 2016. Where all of a sudden the fish types of carp and tilapia contained in cage farmers dead and floating on the water ,
Farmers were confused as to what caused the death of their fish. This case had already been reported to the Government of Simalungun.
“I do not know us. But as the lack of oxygen. Later will we wait for the results of the clerk of the district. Earlier they were taking water samples and dead fish,” said Sudung (40), one of the farmers there.
According to him, there are at least 10 farmers who suffered the same fate with him. They also planned to carry out a purge of the carcasses of the fish in order to prevent pollution of Lake Toba.
“Today the plan we want cooperation. If baseball is cleaned, later even so this disease. We expect the government to pay attention to this for the long term. Do not be repeated, especially the Lake Toba want to be a world-class tourist area,” said Sudung.
While Head Haranggaol Horison Jannes Saragih confirmed the death of the fish suddenly it. He said he is still waiting for results from the District government. “Yeah right. The cause is still being studied,” said Horison short.
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200 TONS of fish found dead in a lake in Alfenas, Brazil

Mais de 200 toneladas de tilápia são encontradas mortas no Lago de Furnas, em Alfenas, MG (Foto: Polícia Militar de Meio Ambiente)
(Photo: Military Police of the Environment)
More than 200 tons of dead fish were removed from the Furnas Lake on Sunday (1st) in Alfenas (MG). According to the Military Police of the Environment, both fish raised in ponds, networks and those who are released, all of the tilapia species in the lake were affected. The damage to the psicultores is estimated at around R $ 900 thousand.
The psicultora Cristiane Marina dos Santos Novais lost, along with the family, the entire production of 600,000 fish. She says that the water is red and the oxygen level dropped. “The oxygen was much lower, was 1 [ppm part per million of acronym], when the normal would be 10 [ppm]. In the last 48 hours, the water is very red,” he says.
Police said a psicultor said on Thursday (28) had already found a lot of dead fish. In Areado (Minas Gerais), a fish death case was also recorded.
Also according to the Environmental Police, a collection of water was made in tanks keeper and another at the Company’s treatment plant Sanitation Minas Gerais (Copasa). The material collected will be analyzed by the University of Alfenas (Unifal) to identify the cause of fish death.
The psicultor and agronomist Geraldo Magela de Faria Krauss had 4000 fish production that has affected in Areado. For him, the water was contaminated. “Something is infecting these fish because it is the entire dam”, he said.
Cristiane suspected that the killing was caused by a type of algae known as red algae. “We had never heard of this alga and we are very scared,” he said. “[Let’s find out the origin of this alga] whether it is through effluents or the dam itself,” he says.
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Thousands of dead jellyfish found washed ashore, ‘a rare phenomenon’ along Odisha coast in India

Pic Courtesy: Jonathan Smith (For representation purpose only)
Pic Courtesy: Jonathan Smith (For representation purpose)
Carcasses of thousands of blue button jellyfish were found along Konark-Astaranga coastline in Odisha’s Puri district since last two-three days raising concerns among the environmentalists and wildlife experts.
While the blue button jellyfish are found in tropical and sub-tropical waters of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans, the sight of dead hydroids along the Bay of Bengal is rare as they survive in warm waters and seldom found here.
Experts opine that the aquatic species might be dying due to drastic climate change.
“It is a rare phenomenon here as we don’t find blue button jellyfish along Odisha coast. The blue buttons might be dying due to climate change or marine water pollution,” an environmentalist expressed.
We haven’t seen blue button jellyfish in such large numbers along the beaches. For the first time, we are seeing such thing. The carcasses have dotted the coasts since last two-three days. It is very sad that they are dying due to some unknown reasons. We appeal the government to send experts for further research to find out the reason behind this, a local resident said.
The blue buttons (Porpita porpita) are actually not jellyfish. However, they superficially resemble the gelatinous aquatic animal. They feed on copepods and crustacean larvae and their sting causes mild irritation to human skin.
It may be recalled that dead Olive Ridley turtles were found along the Odisha coasts few months ago. Besides, the carcass of a gigantic whale was also found along the Mangala river mouth in Puri district in February this year.
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Hundreds of dead fish found in a lake in Florida, USA

02.05.16 100's Of Dead Fish In Florida, USA

Hundreds of dead fish washed ashore in Lake DeSoto in Lake City this weekend, and the stench could be smelled blocks away.
People who use the popular lake were shocked and said they want to know what killed the fish.
“You could smell the rancid toxins of dead fish going back all the way to Madison Street,” Evan Leslie said.
Neighbors near Lake DeSoto sent photos to News4Jax of about 200 dead fish littering the shores of the lake, which is a popular walking spot near both the circuit court clerk and Columbia County tax collector’s offices.
Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told News4Jax the dead fish are bass and bluegills, and that the fish kill is a natural phenomenon caused by too little oxygen in the water.
The first reports of dead fish in the lake came in over the weekend, officials said.
An FWC biologist saw fish at the surface of the water gasping for breath.
Although fish kills can cause alarm for residents, they are caused by natural patterns in the weather and environmental conditions. Those conditions involve water temperature, types of plants around the water, the fish themselves and bacteria from decomposing plants in the water.
“I understand their concern,” FWC spokeswoman Karen Parker said. “This is a very popular lake. People love this lake. They fish in it. They walk around it. I walk around on it, you know. So, I understand the concern. But what people also have to understand is we have fish kills all over the state of Florida.”
FWC officials urge residents not to take home any dead fish, but any live fish caught from the lake should not pose any health risk.
Lake City resident Kyle Green told News4Jax he organized a group to go clean up the dead fish, but after speaking with the mayor learned that the city sent inmates out to clean up the mess.
“It smelled like honestly somebody came in with a huge can of tuna and just opened it right in the middle of the lake,” said Green, who lives about 2 miles from the lake. “It was really bad. I drove by earlier as the prisoners were cleaning it all up and the smell was just excruciatingly horrible.”
Green said he’s lived in Columbia County for 23 years and has never seen anything like the fish kill in Lake DeSoto.
“In Lake City, it’s such a small area. There’s not a lot of things for families to do, so when something like this happens in the community to something everybody enjoys going to, it’s really shocking,” Green said. “It made me think, ‘What could have caused this?’ It kind of alarmed me because we come out with our dogs sometimes and walk around the lake (with) our kids. It was just kind of nerve-racking.”
Despite reassurances from FWC scientists, some residents were concerned that dye recently put in the lake by Public Works might have harmed the fish.
“All it does is reflect the sunlight. It does not kill anything,” said Thomas Henry of Lake City Public Works. “It’s just a reflector from any future weed growth, but that’s all it is.”
Henry also said the spray many people have been worried about is environmentally friendly and placed along the shore to control plant growth.
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Millions of dead Molluscs found washed up on beaches, ‘a disaster’ in Los Lagos, Chile

Varazón de machas en la región de Los Lagos
Photo: AFP
President Michelle Bachelet declared disaster area on the coastal edge of the region of Los Lagos.
This after the presence of red tide was detected in l Large beaches as Cucao, Huentemó and Chanquín, on the island of Chiloe. The situation has caused thousands of machas appeared scattered in the area.
Red tide is a toxin that carry some types of microalgae that are eaten by shellfish, and cause poisoning in people who use them. It is in this context that has led to the prohibition on extraction and consumption of shellfish, causing serious damage to the fishermen in the area.
“I have decided to declare a disaster area today to the coastal area of the Region of Los Lagos. It will be the regional governor in charge of coordinating and implementing recovery programs , ” said Bachelet.
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14 TONS of dead fish found in a lake in Xiamen, China

Salvage of dead fish and filled a boat.
In recent days, some people found dead pine lake suddenly up, the lake gives off an unpleasant odor. According to statistics, from April 22 to 27, a total of salvaged pine lake about 14 tons of dead fish.
What causes so many dead fish? Reporters from Lake Yuandang management center, a few days before a seawater pipeline bridge near Lake Ming, in the migration inadvertently ruptured, resulting in Evergreen Lake can not be normal water exchange, water quality is affected, so the more dead fish stand up. Currently, the construction side stepped up the sea Qiangai pipeline, which is expected to be completed during May.
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80,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Al Biqa, Lebanon

Bird Flu

An outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in Lebanon.
The farm, in Al Biqa province, held 80,000 birds and experienced abnormal mortality.
The farm unit was immediately put under quarantine. 20,000 birds died and another 60,000 were destroyed in the outbreak.
Epidemiological investigations and epidemiological sampling are on – going on the area.
The source of the outbreak was listed in Lebanon’s report to the OIE as ‘illegal movement of animals’.
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