Archive | August 10, 2016

Wildfires kill 4 people in Portugal, 1,000 evacuated on Madeira

A general view of Sitio de Curral dos Romeiros during the wildfires at Funchal, Madeira island, Portugal, August 9, 2016.
Wildfires raging in Portugal killed at least four people and more than 1,000 people were evacuated on the tourist destination island of Madeira, where flames spread to its regional capital, Funchal, authorities said on Wednesday.
The Portuguese interior ministry said it had requested help from the European Union. Neighbouring Spain sent two planes and Italy one aircraft to help with the fire-fighting efforts.
“This abnormal situation surpasses the normal response capacity of our forces,” Prime Minister Antonio Costa said, warning that the next few days could be critical due to scorching temperatures.
Lisbon also sent a force of more than 100 emergency service workers on a military plane to Madeira, where the fires, fanned by strong winds, have killed three people, destroyed about 40 homes and a five-star hotel in the hills above Funchal.
On mainland Portugal, one person was killed by flames in the central Santarem region as thousands of firefighters struggled to control dozens of forest fires, raging amid a summer heat wave across the country.
The fires have destroyed homes, shut major motorways for hours and forced the evacuation of several villages this week, mostly in the north of Portugal.
The fire in Funchal was mostly under control by late morning, regional governor Miguel Albuquerque told a televised news conference, but several other blazes were still raging on the island.
He said 80 people were in hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation, including two in a serious condition.
All those killed and injured by the fires were local residents. One person was missing, Albuquerque said.
More than 1,000 residents and tourists were sent to makeshift shelters and army barracks during the night, although some had been allowed to return since. Two hospitals in the area were also evacuated.
Police have said that various fires were lit by arsonists and they arrested several suspects.
Summer forest fires are common in Portugal, which in 2003 suffered its deadliest blazes, killing 19 people and destroying around 10 percent of the country’s forests.
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10,000 dead fish wash up along the coast of the Sea of Azov, Ukraine

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Thousands of dead fish have washed up on a beach after suffocating as soaring temperatures made the water to hot.
Footage shows more than a tonne of fish lining more than a mile of coastline of the Sea of Azov in southern Ukraine’s Crimea
Alarmed residents from the nearby village of Shchelkine complained of the putrid smell as the 10,000 fish decayed on the seashore.
Representatives of the Federal Agency for Fishery and the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage inspected the coastline.
A spokesperson for the Federal Agency for Fishery said: “This happened as a result of unusually high water temperatures resulting in a sudden decrease of oxygen in the water. 
“It’s a natural factor. Yesterday our people came to take measurements of the water such as temperature and oxygen levels. Dead fish were spread out along a mile of the beach.
“About 3,000 lbs of fish perished.”
The spokesperson finished their statement by announcing that a clean-up operation by the local administration is now underway.
Tourists are not recommended to swim in the sea until some time has passed and it has been prohibited to sell any of the dead fish in order to prevent any kind of food poisoning.
Crimea was annexed by Russia in March 2014.
The Republic of Crimea, officially part of Ukraine, lies on a peninsula stretching out from the south of Ukraine between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
It is separated from Russia to the east by the narrow Kerch Strait.
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Hundreds of dead fish washing up in Ganjam, India

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A high-level scientific team from Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) in Puri on Sunday visited the fishing jetty near Gopalpur port in Ganjam district, where local fishermen have been spotting hundreds of dead fish for the past three days. The team led by CMFRI principal scientist, Rita Jayshankar collected water samples and inspected the vicinity of the port and the unit of the Indian Rare Earth (IRE) located in Matikhala near the fishing jetty.
“We have collected samples and sent them to laboratory. We can ascertain the cause of these peculiar deaths only after we test the water quality,” said Jayshankar. She added that the report would be submitted to the government after about a week. Jayshankar, however, ruled out marine pollution behind these incidents.
The local fishermen first noticed schools of dead fish and crabs on the shore on Friday and informed the district administration, following which the assistant director of fisheries (marine) S C Das and scientists from Fishery College of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) rushed to the spot on Saturday. “We have apprised the government of the incident. A central team might visit the area after the government’s intervention,” said Das.
President of Fish Workers Union, Ganjam district unit, B. Simadri, however, said the dead fishes continued to wash ashore for past three days. Panicked fishermen have stopped venturing into the sea ever since. The government should take steps to protect the livelihood of fishermen,” he added.
Local fishermen blamed Odisha Sands Complex for manhandling urea at Gopalpur port, leading to chemical reaction in water, for the deaths. However, director (operations) Gopalpur Port, MM Moharana, refuted the allegations.
“Gopalpur port has been handling urea since 1990. I don’t think it might be the cause. We have also sent water samples to find any contamination,” said Moharana.
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Thousands of dead fish wash up, ‘a mystery’ in the Strait of Messina, Italy

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A mysterious moria has interested in yesterday, Saturday, August 6, the Strait of Messina: thousands of fish, mainly ope but polyps and other species, have been sighted deaths at sea and on the beaches (transported by currents) by bathers on a long stretch of coastline from Santa Trada Cannitello, on the shore of Calabria between the Costa Viola and the entrance North of the Strait. The causes of this mass deaths of fish are not known, but there is concern about possible natural phenomena. Someone suggests also that they have been thrown into the sea by some fishing boat because gone bad, or to evade controls, but in either case there is no proof and anyway there seem unlikely hypothesis because yesterday there were no controls at sea (but on the ground, against illegal trade in fish products), and it is unlikely that such a huge load of a fishing vessel can go bad after fishing. The mystery is there and many are asking, apprehensively, what’s going on between Scylla & Charybdis.
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MASSIVE fish kill in the waters of Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta, Colombia

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The calamity environmental is recorded in Pajaral, sector Caño Grande. Corpamag says that it is due to lack of oxygen product of the washing of the waters because of the rains.
A mortality of fish, it of greater proportion of them last ten years, is presents from the afternoon of the Thursday in the swamp large of Santa Marta, generating alarm among them fishermen and it community by it form repeated as is comes registering this disaster environmental.
Emergency focuses on the Ciénaga de Pajaral, Caño Grande sector, jurisdiction of the municipality of Sitionuevo, where thousands of fish have died due to lack of oxygen.
The majority of the species affected correspond to smooth, goat and Crappie.
Alfredo Martinez, Deputy Manager of Corpamag, explained that was the Thursday by the night when fishermen of the area launched the alarm, is gave the order for a personal is moved to the place to take samples of the water.
He said that the death of the fish occurs due to lack of oxygen due to the severe drought which have endured in recent months and then with the arrival of winter.
It expert ensures that the mortality of fish is associated to the rains that removed the matter organic that is in decomposition in the bedding and to the exit, consumes the oxygen that there is in the swamp.
“Is precisely that decrease of oxygen and the phosphorus in suspension, which produces the death of them fish”, explained the biologist marine Sandra Villardy.
He also said that the problem will continue because there are four years of organic matter accumulated in this area and because freshwater is not entering it to the swamp for many reasons.
He warned that what is dying is the food of humans and what is in check is the work of fishermen.
“Is need with urgency a declaration of emergency so that is generating jobs and the people have with what eating”, scored
He said that this situation was advised, personally, in April to the Governor of Magdalena, Rosa Côtes de Zúñiga.
This is the third death in less than a month and a half is presented in this lagoon complex.
For more veterans fishing sector, this has been the largest recently.
Andrés Galeano, a native of Tasajera, told the Brownsville Herald that when they sailed in canoes they were trapped in a “white carpet of fish”.
“I did remember the month of March of 1998 when thousands of fish died in the swamp”, scored.
In June of the year past is presented a disaster environmental similar in the area of Pajaral, the Toad and Zarate due to this same cause. On that occasion were taken off of the swamp large three tons of fish.
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Hundreds of dead fish wash up in a lake in Georgia, USA

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Thursday morning, state and national officials launched an investigation to find the out what caused the mass fish-kill.
J. Strom Thurmond Lake visitors discovered a number of dead Blueback Herring fish along the shore and posted a status alerting others on social media.
“Do report it to some kind of an authority because fish don’t usually die in mass numbers,” Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus told WJBF NewsChannel 6.
This prompted the Savannah Riverkeeper and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin testing oxygen levels and checking other areas of Thurmond Lake for more dead fish.
“The amount of rain that we’ve had and the combinations of the flow of the water can really do some funny things… and kind of slosh that water around. I think that’s probably likely the result of what we are seeing here.” Bonitatibus said.
U.S. Army Corps Biologist inspected the fish for any signs of discoloration in their gills and believe up to 1,500 Blueback Herring were killed. They say that number is only a small fraction of the millions that live in Thurmond Lake.
“We just surveyed the lower third of the lake,” U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District Fisheries Biologist Jamie Sykes said. “What we were looking for, obviously other than fish morality, was we were assessing the water quality conditions.”
“According to our results [everything] looks pretty good today. So it’s doubtful that they strangled. Which is good,” Bonitatibus said.
Still, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Biologist says this is a rare occurrence since a dissolved oxygen system was installed in 2011. “We have not had any mortalities at all since then,” Sykes said. “Prior to the system we did have mortality here.”
This time of year the water is hot and decreased the amount of oxygen it can hold.
Blueback Herring thrive in water temperatures between 65 to 75 degrees. However, during the summer Thurmond Lake can reach temperatures of up to 85 degrees.
So, what is the cause of these dead fish?
“I would rather not speculate on that. These fish have plenty of habitat upstream. So I’m not sure why they are down here where conditions aren’t quiet as good.” Sykes said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the oxygen level tests came back normal.
For now they will need to monitor the Blueback Herring population and increased the amount of oxygen being released into the lake.
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Thousands of fish die in the waters of Kleinmachnow, Germany

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It stinks, dead fish drift to the surface of the water. Choking! It’s like every time after heavy rain.
The carcasses of the animals show at the Zoo as well as the Teltow Canal and the river Havel on ponds. The “pretty comprehensive” fish kills has caused according to the environmental management of heavy rain. 
Then the mixed sewer system overflowed in many places: dirt and rainwater reached into the aquatic environment. Chemical processes were plummeting oxygen levels. In some waters as the Teltow Canal there was no oxygen long partly 24 hours. The fish choked. 
Shock for walkers and other visitors to the Park, but for the environmental administration unfortunately routine. It occurs every year, get there from incitement. With the expansion of the underground overflow basins for water masses after heavy rains counteracts years the. 
It is currently still relatively well in the Landwehr Canal. There is a ventilation ships in service that enriches the water with oxygen again at night.
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