Archive | May 25, 2016

Large fish kill found on a river in Southern Negros, Philippines

Fish Kill Alert

TWO barangays in Isabela town, situated along Binalbagan River in southern Negros Occidental, reported a fish kill possibly caused by sulfur contamination following heavy rains that washed out ash fall emitted by Mt. Kanlaon.
Arturo Calma, municipal agriculture officer of Isabela, told Sun.Star Bacolod on Tuesday, May 24, that fish kill incidents were recorded in Barangays Tinongan and Panaquiao starting Monday afternoon, May 23.
Calma said that sacks of dead fishes, particularly tilapia, mudfish, and eel, were found floating on the river, some covered with mud.
“We have learned that some residents are even collecting dead fish for consumption,” Calma said, adding that monitoring and assessment is being conducted by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Municipal Agriculture Office.
The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) through its Fisheries Division took water and mud samples from the two affected barangays on Tuesday.
Aquaculture technician Constancio Española Jr. said they will subject the samples to laboratory analysis to determine the actual cause of the fish die-off.
Aside from Isabela, fish kill incidents were also reported in some areas of Binalbagan, La Castellana, and Moises Padilla located along the Binalbagan River.
But Española said there is no confirmation yet from Binalbagan and Isabela.
“The last positive fish kill incident in La Castellana was last April this year, but for now, there is no confirmed reports from the area,” he said.
The Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD) is also validating reports on fish kill, said its head Zephard Gerhart Caelian.
Caelian said heavy rains over the weekend washed out the ashfall from Mt. Kanlaon toward nearby bodies of water, including Binalbagan River.
“The high contamination of sulfur in the river might have resulted from the pyroclastic material flow brought by the recent ash fall emission of the volcano,” Caelian said, adding that according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), “it is a normal occurrence.”
Last May 11, a sulfurous odor that lasted for almost 10 hours was smelled in portions of La Carlota City and La Castellana town, particularly those living near Mt. Kanlaon.
For areas with confirmed fish kill incidents, PDMPD warned residents to avoid consuming dead fish, or even swimming in the affected-portions of the river.
“Exposure and intake of contaminated water pose health hazards, including poisoning and skin diseases,” Caelian said.
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Hundreds of thousands of dead fish wash up on Grand Isle beach in Louisiana, USA

Residents woke up to hundreds of thousands of dead fish washing up on the beach Tuesday morning, just days before Memorial Day weekend.
“Thousands and thousands, they go as far as you can see,” said Bill Long, describing the scene he saw on the beach.
Long has been coming to Grand Isle since 1968 and said he has never seen, or smelled, anything like this.
“Smelled them for the first time this morning, probably ten o’clock or so,” he explained.
Grand Isle Mayor David Carmedale explained that torn commercial fishing net dumped hundreds of thousands of fish into the Gulf. Their lifeless bodies washed up covering nearly four and a half miles of beach.
“On the drive in I could smell tons of dead fish the whole way,” said Sophie Kerl. She and her friends drove in from New Orleans expecting a relaxing camping trip on the beach. “Then we got on the beach and here were just piles and piles of dead fish everywhere.”
Residents are worried about the beach with Memorial Day weekend right around the corner.
“There will usually be a lot of folks down here and this is really going to be a huge issue for everybody,” said Long.
Carmadale said that Daybrook, the company that owns the fishing vessels, has hired a contractor for the cleanup. This way Long and his two grandsons don’t have to spend the weekend stepping over mounds of dead fish
“The beaches are going to be very clean and we’re going to make sure that the families have a great time on our beaches,” Carmadale said.
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Mass die off of fish found in a lake in Nam Dinh, Vietnam

On the morning of 24/5, people here discover a corner of Lake Tradition, the phenomenon of dead fish floating mass, a corner of the pool floating white. According to residents, normally no fish kills such series. About 5 days back here, dead fish in natural lakes, scattered floating on the water, foul smell unpleasant, serious impact on the environment. According to our observations, the carp, carp, silver carp can weigh from 2-3 pounds, belly bulge dead floating to the surface, many children are showing signs of rotting meat, stinky bait concentration rises Anonymity, flies, mosquitoes elected sealed both that region. Around the area of dead fish, black water resources, there are many floating debris. The pedestrians must wear a mask, nose clogs passing here. Share with us, Mr. H. (nearby residents) said: These days, dead fish in natural lakes scattered throughout the country, causing the stench. After heavy rain rice at 23/5 to 24/5 light, sudden die-off of fish, drifting on a corner of the lake. Mr H. added that the lake water is polluted, due to the consciousness of the people living around here are very poor, many people throw garbage into the lake gross, household items broken, it also means throwing hand down, causing water pollution. Reportedly, the lake is a Family Tradition hired to fish, after the news of dead fish floating white, the family has hired people to clean dead fish. The phenomenon of mass mortalities caused damage to the family that the amount to tens of million. Loc Vuong Ward should urgently take measures to strictly handle acts households litter into the lake.
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Distances: 155 km SE of City of London, United Kingdom / pop: 7,556,900 / local time: 18:00:37.6 2016-05-25
98 km NW of Amiens, France / pop: 143,086 / local time: 19:00:37.6 2016-05-25
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96 km N of Rouen, France / pop: 112,787 / local time: 17:01:26.4 2016-05-25
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Distances: 793 km N of Phoenix, United States / pop: 1,445,632 / local time: 08:24:52.5 2016-05-25
111 km E of Salt Lake City, United States / pop: 186,440 / local time: 09:24:52.5 2016-05-25
42 km NW of Duchesne, United States / pop: 1,690 / local time: 09:24:52.5 2016-05-25

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Massive Sinkhole Engulfs An Embankment Sending Many Cars Plummeting In Italy

Photo provided by Italian fire service shows cares in large ditch, some of them underwater, on embankment of River Arno in Florence (25 May 2016)
Florence’s Mayor Dario Nardella tweeted (in Italian) that no-one had been harmed in the incident on Lungarno Torrigiani.
He appealed to motorists to remove their cars from the nearby area, and said the water supply to part of the city centre was cut off.
Regional paper Corriere Fiorentino reports that thousands of residents are without water.
The first sign of the problem came not long after midnight, when the police were called, the mayor told Italy’s Ansa news agency.
The major collapse took place at 06:14 local time, Mr Nardella said.
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109 km E of Salt Lake City, United States / pop: 186,440 / local time: 07:01:07.3 2016-05-25 
42 km NW of Duchesne, United States / pop: 1,690 / local time: 07:01:07.3 2016-05-25 

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