Archive | February 24, 2017

30 TONS of dead fish washes ashore in Nicoya Gulf, Costa Rica

To clean up the 30 tonnes of dead fish in the seven kilometers long where they are, the authorities will carry out an inter-institutional operation to supply the task. 
The work can not be left solely to the Costa Rican Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Incopesca). 
Gerardo Chavarría, director of the Central Pacific Conservation Area (Acopac) of the National System of Conservation Areas (Sinac), said that the cleaning actions will be carried out by three institutions, namely the National Coast Guard Service, Animal Health (Senasa) and Incopesca.
Gustavo Meneses, president of Incopesca, assures that until the afternoon of today, when the tide goes down, the action plan to clean will be determined completely, because they must analyze the decomposition process.
“You can not put machinery at this point, because there is a mangrove next door, so we can not risk the environment. If so, we will proceed manually with the removal, “he said. 
He also said that the smell has disappeared due to the decomposition process as they were next to a quagmire, which has hastened that the remains are disappearing. 
According to Ginnette Valerín, a biologist from Incopesca, the disaster must be cleaned as soon as possible, because by contaminating the environment and by decomposition, the amount of oxygen in the water decreases, which affects the species in the area and increases the environmental damage. 
The cause of the death of almost 30 tons of sardines on the coast of Ensenada de Abagaritos de Puntarenas in the Gulf of Nicoya will be known for a week, when the report is ready.
For this, samples were taken of dead fish and water, as well as some other elements near the coast, which take a few days to be analyzed in their entirety. 
“This is not the night of the morning, it takes at least a week to know the laboratory results based on all the samples that were taken yesterday,” said Valerín.
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86 turtles found dead, ‘due to red tide’ in La Paz and Los Cabos, Mexico

At the moment, specialists in Red Tide, of the CICIMAR, are realizing studies to the tests gathered in the beaches, in order to determine what type of phytoplankton is treated, since this type of organisms, can be toxic or nontoxic, reason why It is important to determine your species
La Paz, Baja California Sur, (BCS). After 86 turtles will be killed off the coast of Los Cabos and La Paz, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa) reported that the specimens had no evidence of fishing gear or any human activity, saying that the cause Of death was for the Red Tide .
These verifications of stranding were carried out jointly with the Municipal Directorate of Natural Resources and Wildlife of the Cabos, as well as the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences (CICIMAR) , where a total of 86 sea turtles were monitored, most of them Species Prieta, which remained in the beaches of San Jose del Cabo, Cabo Pulmo, La Ribera and Cabo del Este, from February 8 to 15, as well as in El Sargento , in La Paz.
Each and every one of the turtles found on the coasts, had more than 8 days of dead, pointing out that at the same time, 3 tons of crustaceans known as Krill originated, which also showed signs of advanced decomposition.
The dependence explained that in the case of Kril , these were found in different sites of Los Cabos , such as La Linea, Estancia, Piedras Bolas, Antares and Los Frailes Bay , recording likewise the death of lobsters and crabs on beaches Of Eastern Cape.
After finding the remains of marine animals, field data were collected with the local fishermen, who reported seeing water currents and brown spots, and a spice known as Salpas, considering that these turtles commonly feed on Krill, Crabs, Salpas and Lobsters , so that at the time of performing a necropsy, Salpas were poisoned by the organism that produces the Red Tide .
Finally, Profepa added that currently, staff of CICIMAR of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) , in the Department of Marine Biology , specialists in Red Tide , are conducting studies on the samples collected, to determine what type of phytoplankton is involved, Because these types of organisms can be toxic or non-toxic, so it is important to determine their species.
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100 cattle dead due to drought in Lamu, Kenya

Livestock Alert
At least 100 head of livestock have died in the past two months in Lamu county, which is hard-hit by drought.
The majority of these have been in Lumshi and Pangani in Witu. County veterinary officer Gichohi Mathenge yesterday said besides drought, the biggest problem is trypanosomiasis disease transmitted by tsetse flies.
Herders in Pangani, Lumshi, Chalaluma, Dide Waride and Hongwe said their livestock show signs of fatigue, collapse and die.
They expressed fear of losing all their livestock if the drought persists. They called for livestock feed and drugs.
Mathenge urged herders to be on the lookout and report any worrying symptoms.
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46,000+ livestock dead from ‘extreme cold’ in Northern Mongolia

Livestock Alert
Severe winter conditions in Mongolia, known as Dzud, are threatening the livelihoods of thousands of Mongolian herders in eastern and northern parts of the country. Dzud is caused by the twin impacts of drought in the summer, resulting in insufficient grass in pastures and low production of hay, and harsh conditions in the winter, including heavy snowfall and extremely low temperatures.
More than 157,000 people are affected across 17 of Mongolia’s 21 provinces. Livestock deaths have risen in recent weeks and according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), by 7 February over 46,000 animals had perished from starvation and cold.
Today the IFRC launched an International Emergency Appeal to support the Mongolian Red Cross who are responding to the crisis in four of the worst-affected provinces – Uvs, Zavkhan, Khuvsgul and Selenge. The IFRC appeal aims to raise 655,500 Swiss francs (Euros 614,000 Euros, USD 654,000) to target assistance at more than 11,000 people considered to be most at risk.
Herder Uranchimeg Terbish, from Khuvsgul province has already lost dozens of her animals due to starvation and cold.
“Dzud is impacting almost all the herders in this region. Winter started early and we had heavy snowfall already in November. Since January, I’ve lost 22 cattle and around 30 goats and sheep”, she says.
Uranchimeg Terbish is afraid she will lose even more animals if the cold weather persists in the coming months.
“Most of my livestock are already weak and exhausted. In the spring, when the animals start to give birth, they become even more vulnerable. I don’t have enough hay and fodder to feed them and keep them alive”, she explains.
Under the IFRC appeal, each family will receive an unconditional cash grant of 245,000 Mongolian Tugrik (100 Swiss francs) to be used to purchase food, clothing, fodder for their livestock, or for any other priority they see fit. The appeal will also support a range of health interventions and initiatives designed to prepare herder communities against future Dzuds.
“Livestock is the only source of food, transport and income for almost half of the Mongolian population and we have to act now to help herders survive over the coming months”, explains Madame Nordov Bolormaa, Secretary General of the Mongolian Red Cross.
This is the second successive year in a row that Mongolia is experiencing Dzud. Last year’s disaster caused the death of over one million animals.
 “We are concerned that we will see a repeat of last year when many herders sold their animals while they were still alive and oversupply of livestock resulted in very low market prices”, explains Gwendolyn Pang, Head of the IFRC’s Country Cluster Support Team in Beijing.
“Families with fewer animals to sell are particularly vulnerable. Many will lose their livelihoods and will have no choice but to migrate to slum areas on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar and other urban centres where they will face great social and economic hardship”.
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6 dead dolphins found washed ashore in San Felipe, Mexico

Gulf beaches received reports of dead marine animals. On this occasion, municipal police report the finding of two dolphins on a private beach located in San Felipe and four others in the vicinity of Puertecitos.
Shortly before noon, the incident was reported through the number of emergencies 911, where it was indicated that on a private beach of the mentioned port, 600 meters from the Hotel Marina Resort, the two apparently small animals were found.
Immediately they went to the site and police confirmed the peculiar incident. Almost simultaneously it was indicated that another four more animals were found in the surroundings of Puertecitos by fishermen of the zone.
Staff from the Federal Attorney’s Office for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) took the report and mobilized both points to start the investigation.
The causes of this death are not known, but they are not the only ones registered recently.
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Mass Death Of Birds Appearing In Magnitogorsk, Russia

In the city of metallurgists residents are watching a nasty picture – on the streets appear more bird carcasses. Citizens concerned about the phenomenon. Some have even suggested that the death comes from the plants emissions. NMU in the city is several days.
However, note that the mass death of birds is seen not only in Magnitogorsk, is already seen and residents Coosa. Dead birds lie straight on the road, and people who have to watch as the poor animals from the toil of the disease, completely powerless to help them.
As stated by ornithologists, this phenomenon is unfortunately the norm – natural selection. And warned that sick birds should not be handled. Since some human diseases are transmitted.
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17 TONS of dead fish found in a dam in Piaui, Brazil

Fish Kill Alert
About 17 tons of dead fish were found in the Estreito Dam, in the municipality of Francisco Macêdo, 391 km from Teresina. According to the Association of Fish Farmers of the city, the estimated loss is R $ 200 thousand.
Fishermen mourn the loss. The time is the one of greater sale of the fish due to Holy Week and the expectation was the sale of 23 tons of tilápia, which was made unviable with the deaths.
On Wednesday (15), representatives of the Association, the mayor, secretary of Agriculture and the company of Teresina that provides fish feed, meet to determine the causes of the deaths. The suspicion is the lack of oxygen.
Recently, 23 thousand fingerlings have been delivered to the Fishermen’s Association of Franscisco Macêdo, which will only be ready for commercialization in July.
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Tens of thousands of fish suddenly die in fish farms in Purwakarta, Indonesia

BREAKINGNEWS: Sightings Thousands Fish Suddenly Dead
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Farmed fish in floating net cages (KJA) Dam Ir H Juanda dead luasannya mass increases. Death of freshwater farmed fish have occurred since two weeks ago that only a region of some zones, like dozens of farmers KJA in zone one and two.
“Now it extends to zones 3, 4, up to five. The amount is more,” said Chief Law Enforcement Unit Water Police Unit (Satpolair) Police Purwakarta found time in between patrols in the area of the dam, on Wednesday (15/02/2017).
On that occasion, Satpol Air KJA zone around the area from morning until late afternoon. Monitoring the Tribune, the average cattle carcasses floating fish KJA their plots.
KJA zone in Ir H Juanda dam or reservoir will include the District Jatiluhur and Sukatani. Petak KJA livestock so that fish carcasses estimated at more than tens of thousands. Zone 5 is located in the village of Panyindangan, District Sukatani.
“Almost all farmers in zones 5 net loss for the average cattle carcasses of fish are now finished,” said Suryadi.
On the occasion, a number of farmers KJA pleaded the cause of death of livestock and affected the high rainfall since early 2017. Air Satpol Officers also gave directives to farmers harvested fish early KJA.
“We suggest that cattle KJA fish harvested early because of rain predicted to continue,” said Suryadi.
KJA breeders in the village, Ahim (35) has 19 plots KJA belonging to his employer. All the fish in 19 plots KJA die and so the carcass alias no longer have the selling price.
“Cattle that moment again harvest in 19 plots die every pack, about 10 tons. We lose once,” said Ahim encountered in his KJA plot. Bangka boat transported the fish for later disposal.
He experienced a catastrophic loss of hundreds of millions dri sudden fish die mass. He had experienced the condition first.
“The losses of about Rp 170 million packs. Hopefully there are still alive and can be harvested early,” he said.
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23,000 chickens killed due to bird flu in Suffolk, UK

Bird Flu
Some 23,000 chickens are to be destroyed at a poultry farm with a bird flu outbreak.
The H5N8 avian influenza virus was found at Bridge Farm in Redgrave on the Suffolk/Norfolk border.
A 6.2-mile (10km) control zone has been set up around the Banham Poultry-managed site.
Richard Griffiths, chief executive of British Poultry Council, said it was a “concerning” time for the industry.
He said: “It is the most extensive series of outbreaks we’ve had for many years.
“There is concern but there’s also determination to work with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to stamp out bird flu.”
All bird movements in the area of Bridge Farm have been halted.
Four chicken sheds at the site will be emptied, decontaminated and will have to stand empty for at least 30 days.
Banham Poultry, based at Attleborough in Norfolk, said: “Birds at our other farms appear healthy and there is no evidence of any spread of infection.”
It said the farm was used for breeding and did not produce meat.
A spokesman said: “The birds will now be humanely culled by the authorities in accordance with EU legislation.
“All of our staff are trained in biosecurity management and we are ensuring that the controls that are in place are rigorously followed.
“We will continue to cooperate with the authorities to ensure that the situation remains under control.”
The Food Standards Agency said bird flu was not a food safety risk to consumers.
Courtesy of BBC News