Archive | September 16, 2016

TONS of dead sardines washing up on a beach in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The dead sardines on the Jeddah Corniche. — Okaz photo
The dead sardines on the Jeddah Corniche. — Okaz photo
A large number of dead sardines have washed ashore the Corniche here because of sewage water thrown in the sea, according to marine experts.
Several Corniche visitors expressed great concerns over the dead sardines and even captured videos and took photographs and posted them on the social media websites, warning that the problem can exasperate. They called upon pertinent authorities to step in and contain the problem before it gets out of hand. The dead sardines emitted stinky smell that even birds could not put up with.
Muhammad Ahmad was fishing near Al-Nauras Square when he saw tons of dead sardines. After a while, he could not bear the stinky smell and had to leave, wondering why the sardines died. He called upon authorities to take necessary measures to protect the marine life in the Red Sea and public health. He said the dead sardines could cause serious diseases.
Fikri Abdulwahab, a citizen, blamed sewage water for the problem and warned of severe environmental consequences of dumping sewage water in the sea. He said even birds could not eat the sardines because of their bad smell.
Khalid Saeed, a fisherman, blamed Jeddah Municipality and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture for this disaster and called upon them to take swift action. He said the general public can sue the municipality and the ministry if it was proved that they neglected their job.
Ali Ishqi, an environmental expert, blamed the poison of floating marine plants for killing tons of sardine, stressing that these plants pose public health risks as well.
“Getting rid of hazardous chemical waste in the sea can cause these plants to multiply and kill more marine creatures,” he warned.
Nasser Al-Ahmad, an environment expert, agreed that the disposal of waste material in the sea can produce plants that kill fish and sardines, warning against the negative effect of improper environmental practices.
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Hundreds of horseshoe crabs mysteriously wash up dead on beaches in Kitakyushu, Japan

Dead horseshoe crabs
Nearly 500 horseshoe crabs have washed up dead on Japan’s southern beaches near Kitakyushu, mystifying experts.
The famously blue-blooded creatures come to the tidal flats in southern and western Japan each year to lay eggs, and some normally die off.
But this year conservationists say up to 10 crabs have died each day, eight times higher than normal, according to the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.
Some think the die-off means the crabs will lay fewer eggs next year.
The creatures are not true crabs, being most closely related to spiders and scorpions.
They are classified as an endangered species in Japan, where their habitat is being destroyed.
Experts cite the effects of global warming, a lack of places to lay eggs and disease as possible causes for the crabs’ demise.
Horseshoe crabs are one of the world’s oldest creatures and are prized for their blue blood.
Scientists have harvested the horseshoe’s blue blood since the 1970s to test the sterility of medical equipment and intravenous drugs.
The blood coagulates around tiny amounts of bacteria, immobilising the pathogens.
One litre can sell for $15,000 (£11,360).
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Thousands of dead fish found along a river in Paradip, India

Fish Kill Alert
Thousands of fishes have been found dead in the 25 km stretch between Jatadhari river mouth and Siali beach in  Jagatsinghpur district. Even as fishes are lying dead for the last five days along the Paradip, Erasama, Balikuda coasts, the authorities concerned are yet to take any action. The fish varieties are Kantia, Borei, Khanga and Pomfret, weighing between five to 10 kgs. President of Jagatsinghpur Fishermen Association, Jeevanlal Behera said if fish deaths continue, the daily catch  of local fishermen will be affected. He sought a high-level probe to inquire into the case. nvironmentalists said climate change and rise in temperature could be the reasons behind fish deaths. Assistant Director of Fisheries (Marine), Biraja Mohapatra said intervention f the Odisha State Pollution Control Board has been sought. A similar problem was witnessed earlier this year in Paradip when dead fishes were found floating in river Balijhara in Paradip. 
Thousands of dead fishes were found floating in river Kaudia after miscreants drilled a hole in an IOCL pipeline at Kaudia riverbed to steal fuel. Earlier, fishermen had alleged that oil spill from IOCL pipeline and discharge of effluents by other industries has led to heavy pollution of the water bodies. Pollution leads to shortage of oxygen in the water bodies, killing fishes, prawns and crabs. Officials of Odisha State Pollution Control Board had also ascertained that drop in the oxygen level in water bodies has led to death of fishes like Rohu, Mrigal and Catla.
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Dozens of sea birds found dead along beaches in the Gulf Coast, USA

Dozens of juvenile seabirds called black skimmers have been found dead along Gulf Coast beaches over the past six weeks, and experts say the deaths could be linked to pollution.
The Tampa Bay Times reports volunteers who have been monitoring the die-off suspect the dumping of more than 1 million gallons of municipal sewage into Boca Ciega Bay in Pinellas County has something to do with it. Forty-six birds have been found dead.
Heavy rains in August prompted a number of Pinellas County cities to dump sewage into area waterways.
Experts say the cause of death could be salmonella, a virus or even red tide. Each of those potential causes could be related to the dumping of sewage.
Gulfport dumped 302,400 gallons into Boca Ciega Bay on Aug. 8.
Hurricane Hermine exacerbated the problem when its rains lashed the Florida peninsula earlier this month. An additional 892,500 gallons spilled Sept. 2, according to Gulfport public works director Don Sopak. That’s when the storm made landfall in North Florida.
The sewage issue could worsen as the region grapples with the amount of waste that was spilled onto streets and waterways. St. Petersburg officials on Monday estimated that the city dumped about 70 million gallons of sewage into the waters of Tampa Bay. That brings the official total that local cities and counties dumped to 135.1 million gallons — a number that continues to rise.
Lorraine Margeson of the Florida Shorebird Alliance found the first bird carcass Aug. 12 and said another juvenile skimmer was found dead Tuesday.
Skimmers are easily identified by their vivid red-and-black bills. A flying skimmer drags its knife-thin bill through the water, scooping up small fish to eat, then snapping its bill shut. One 1930s biologist compared them to “aerial beagles hot on the scent of aerial rabbits.”
Black skimmers are currently classified as a species of special concern in Florida, but state officials are leaning toward raising that level of protection to threatened, according to Elizabeth Forys, a professor of environmental science and biology at Eckerd College.
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140 dead turtles found washed up this year, ’cause unknown’ in Baja California, Mexico

La Paz, Baja California Sur-two weeks to end the ban on fishing in 1.9 million acres of the Gulf of Ulloa, was sufficiently clear that fishermen are not those who cause mortality of turtles, because even if there are no networks or boats in the water, have an official record of 140 turtles died in so far in 2016 , against 133 from the previous year, said the delegate of Sagarpa, César Estrada Neri.
It has been made clear; He stressed, the fishing sector has nothing to do with the phenomenon, and although the ban remains until September 30 there is no need to wait to the end to determine that turtles die from other causes, but not by interaction with fishing, said.
He said that the researchers will be to determine the source of this problem, and recalled that this hypothesis that was finally shown was designated even since before the ban, with only two cases of turtles killed because of the interaction with the man.
Accordingly, she dismissed the possibility that the period of prohibition be extended to fishing in this region, and said that from October 1 all the coastal communities of this wide area of the coastline of the Pacific will return to normal.
On the other hand, he trusted that this day will be published in the Official Gazette the date of start of the season’s catch of shrimp, activity that may develop in Magdalena Bay but not in the estate where the ban applies, but until October 1.
Finally, Neri Estrada indicated that three study projects that are underway will determine the causes of this phenomenon and are in the same line, once it has been shown that it is not the fisheries sector which originated this mortality; part of the Sagarpa and Conapesca, we have done what corresponds us and fishermen have complied with all punctuality and responsibility this restriction, scared away with it the risk of a fishing ban from United States to Mexico. 
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2,500 cattle dead due to intense drought in Machareti, Bolivia

Livestock Alert
Drought Emergency Alert_2
The intense drought in the municipality of Machareti, in the Chaco Chuquisaqueno, already caused the death of 2,500 heads of cattle, as well as damage to crops, said Mayor Eduviges Chambaye.
According to data provided by the burgomaster, 90% of corn production has been lost by natural phenomena.
The lack of water affected more than 1,500 families, of which at least 800 are dedicated to livestock to survive in this town, reported radio network ERBOL Aclo.
The mayor said that they are required of 15 tankers to assist residents with the liquid element. At the moment only it boasts eight trucks of this type.
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Millions of fish have suddenly died in fish farms in Beihai City, China

Almost overnight, Golden pomfret start bulk deaths in sea cages. As of September 6, the number of dead fish has reached 500,000 kg. As always, these fish can be listed in mid-September, but they ultimately failed to survive the last half of the month.
On September 8, the local Government responded by saying that preliminary investigation, dead fish were suspected for ichthyophthiriasis disease outbreak and stocking density is too large. At present, relevant departments have been sampling inspection and harmless treatment of the dead fish.
Golden pomfret sudden widespread death
This year over 40 Tao Fang (a pseudonym) in tieshang Harbor stone cultured Golden pomfret has BU waters for 10 years. In accordance with usual sweetness to throw seedlings every year, until mid-September when the fish in batches can be exported. But in late August which came suddenly.
“A lot of Golden pomfret starting material, then simply do not eat. “Tao Fang told reporters that the first family does not care a few days later, fish breathing difficulties, floating head eventually suffocate to death. But when you realize that was wrong, cage has a white.
As with Tao Fang, farmers Li Bo, also suffered misfortune, “floating heads from fish to death, less than ten minutes the whole process, is too late to save”. Death spread from South to North, from the beginning of September, covered with a stone cage Golden pomfret being a large area within the port waters died, with extreme care.
Aquaculture Chamber of Commerce Vice President Tang Yongcai, tieshangang district told reporters, stone harbour waters BU over more than 300 farmers, a few days after the incident, 70% farmers have damaged nearly lost all one-third rafts on the sea, dead fish than do the tail, an unprecedentedly.
Tang Yongcai said, according to the preliminary statistics, there are many farmers lost hundreds of thousands of Yuan, portions of the “large” loss of million Yuan.
The morning of September 8, reporters from the tieshangang District Government was informed that, as of September 6, local gold pomfret deaths had reached nearly 500,000 kg. At present, this number is still growing.
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Thousands of whitefish dead in eastern Idaho, USA

Fish Kill Alert
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says biologists have confirmed thousands of dead whitefish on the South Fork of the Snake River in southeastern Idaho.
Biologists suspect it’s an outbreak of proliferative kidney disease, the same pathogen responsible for killing thousands of whitefish in the Yellowstone River last month and which prompted the temporarily closure of large sections of that acclaimed river in Montana.
The same disease was responsible for whitefish die-offs on the South Fork of the Snake River in 2012.
The agency said in a news release Friday the outbreak is unlikely to affect the river’s overall fish population.
It said fisheries biologist Brett High boated a stretch of the river and saw thousands of dead white fish in eddies and along the banks, mostly in the upper river.
High said they also confirmed that “healthy whitefish and trout are still very abundant, and only a small percentage of fish showed signs of disease.”
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Massive amount of dead fish found along a river in Fujian, China

On September 10, pumped into the River near the Strait, Fuzhou International Convention and Exhibition Centre, was the host of 2016 dragon boat World Cup, ocean waves, and pleasant scenery. Yesterday, members of the public found that Pu River below appear on the large areas of dead fish, foul smell is unbearable. Fuzhou marine and fisheries Technology Center staff said after viewing, these fish are Chinese small sardines, judge, after these fish are coming from elsewhere, because the water salinity decreased resulting in death.
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