Archive | July 3, 2016

Mass fish die off in a river in Sumy Region, Ukraine

Fish Kill Alert

In Sumy hundreds of dead fishes covered the surface of the river Sula . Biologists warn if the river does not save – the dirt, which kills all living things, will go further into the largest water artery – the Dnipro, reports Depo.Sumy .
Locals tell of dirty foam and film on the surface of the water, and the stench of dead fish.
So polluted Sulu biologists have never seen.
Upstream is the city sewer Romney. Workers do not tell the camera, the company often turns off the pumps, so the contaminated water flows directly into the Sulu. So “Vodokanal” saves on electricity.
However, officially the chief engineer of “Vodokanal” says that the accident occurred. However, the treatment facilities are OK.
“Water” and justifies ekoinspektsiya. According to their research, in the river lowered oxygen levels, so the fish and left on the surface. Experts assure, in the Sula no impurities.
However, biologists fear if the river is still polluted, the ecological disaster felt by millions of Ukrainians who drink water from the Dnieper. After Sula empties into it, write extraordinary news.
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Mass fish die off in a river in Stavropol, Russia

Fish Kill Alert

The Kuma River fish die en masse. Since the beginning of June, it became known about the dead fish in the village of Alexandria, then the sea went down the river to the village Krasnokumskogo and eventually reached the village of Podgorny.
It is known that small and big fish jumped out of the water until she was dead on the shore. But most of the claimed trend.
Now it is working on clarifying the reasons for the state inspector. He has already taken samples of water, and soon they will be sent to the Rostov laboratory.
Culprit environmental disaster have yet to find and prove any involvement in the poisoning of the water.
Recall that in September last year has already happened a similar situation. Fish also perished, but not on such a scale, reports STRC Stavropol.
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Hundreds of dead starfish wash up on beaches in Tekirdag, Turkey

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Scores of starfish, both dead and alive, have washed ashore the coasts of Turkey’s Marmara Sea in the northwestern province of Tekirdağ, while the provincial environment directorate has said an investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the incident.
Locals saw hundreds of starfish emanating a “bad odor” on a sandy beach in the Kumbağ neighborhood of Tekirdağ’s Süleymanpaşa district at mid-day on June 27.
While some residents threw the starfish back into the sea in an attempt to save their lives, others collected the animals for decorative purposes. 
“We come here during the summer months. I have never seen anything like this. Many starfish hit the beach,” Didem Deniz, a vacationer, told reporters. 
“We were curious and searched online. We found out that they can commit mass suicide. Some even moved,” Deniz said, adding a “bad odor” was coming from the masses of starfish. 
Meanwhile, the provincial head of Tekirdağ’s Environment and Social Planning Directorate, Ömer Albayrak, said an investigation had been launched into the incident. 
Albayrak underlined that they collaborated with the Public Health Directorate to take sea water samples every 15 days to be tested at a hygiene institute in Istanbul, the Hıfzıssıhha. 
“We will still conduct an investigation in the area. We will see whether something is polluting the sea,” he added.
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Hundreds of dead birds washing up along lake Erie in New York, USA

While kayaking on the outer harbor, one of our Channel 2 employees recently found himself paddling through areas where the water’s surface was literally covered with dead birds.
A marina proprietor also confirmed for Two on Your Side that in recent weeks, hundreds of dead birds have been washing up on the shore near Gallagher Beach and the Union Ship canal.
They are ring billed gulls, mostly juveniles or fledglings.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) says it is aware of the bird kill, but has thus far determined it to be a natural occurrence.
According to a DEC spokesperson, Wildlife Biologists from the agency responded to observations and reports of dead birds along the Lake Erie Shoreline from Wilkerson Point to Union Ship Canal and investigated the entire length of the shoreline area.
The bird mortality they observed was limited to first year, ring billed gulls. They also observed numerous healthy Ring-billed gulls and other species of water birds, and did not observe any evidence of avian disease or environmental issues. 
The DEC has thus far attributed the bird kill to annual compensatory mortality common to large colonies of colonial water birds, and noted that sometimes, after windy weather, younger birds nesting on the wall areas enter the water and succumb to pre-flight drowning. 
“The die off of young birds among colony birds like this is very high…sometimes as much as 80 percent,” said noted avian watcher and naturist Gerry Rising. “Four out of five eggs don’t make it to adulthood,” Rising said.
According to the DEC, for several decades, the former Bethlehem Steel plant has become an established nesting site of an enormous Ring-billed Gull nesting colony.  A portion of the colony abuts the Union Ship Canal. There are about 26,000 nesting pairs of ring bills on that site, which means there are approximately 3 chicks hatching for every pair, resulting in an estimated 78,000 chicks. 
As well, first year chicks face fierce competition in their first year. 
“If we were to go out to where they were nesting, there would be thousands of gulls,” said Rising.  “They are just crowded cheek to jowl. There’s starvation, there’s predators, there’s all sorts of things that can hit them hard.”
According to the DEC, ring billed gulls represent the most abundant gull in the United States.
Despite the massive die off being observed locally, Rising says ring bill populations should not be considered threatened.
“This is a kind of a normal thing and we’ve got over population of these birds,” said Rising. “We’ve got some bird species in serious trouble, but these gulls are not one of them.”
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Thousands of dead fish found in a lake in Lancashire, UK

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The lake, known as Farington Lodges, has been closed while Environment Agency staff conduct tests on the water quality and raise oxygen levels.
The site near Leyland, Lancashire is owned by South Ribble Borough Council and Withnell Angling Club.
About 200 fish including bream, roach and carp were found alive and moved to a nearby lake. Dog walkers have been told to keep their pets away.
Councillor Peter Mullineaux said: “Everyone is working very hard to return the lodges back to normal, but in the meantime the Environment Agency has advised that we close the site to the public and it’s likely to remain closed for the next few days.”
An Environment Agency spokesman said: “There are two situations that can cause oxygen levels to drop.
“One is algal bloom and the other is the presence of chemicals in the water. At this stage we are still investigating.”
The nearby Farington Lodge Hotel, part of the Classic Lodges Hotel group, is not affected by the lake closure and remains open for business.
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13,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Yunlin County, Taiwan

Bird Flu

Three outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza were found in Taichung City and Yunlin County.
The outbreak in Yunlin was discovered through abnormal mortality on a farm, whereas the outbreaks in Taichung were found because of suspicious signs on carcasses in abattoirs.
Over 3000 birds died and another 10802 were destroyed to prevent the disease from spreading.
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3 TONS of fish found dead in a lake in Viamao, Brazil

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About three tons of dead fish were removed from the surroundings of Lake Tarumã in Viamão , in the Greater Porto Alegre. There are approximately 15 days, residents and local goers have called attention to the killing.
According to Viamão Prefecture, they are animals of the species Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). In a statement (read in full below), the municipality reported that the most likely cause of death is cold.
The Tilapia fish has African origin and is best suited for environments where the temperature of the water varies between 26ºC and 30ºC. Wanted by the G1, the council says you do not have a permanent monitoring of the water of Lake Tarumã, but as technicians city and Emater for a prolonged period the temperature was below 16°C.
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