Archive | March 5, 2017

Hundreds of dead fish wash up on beaches in Montevideo, Uruguay

Fish Kill Alert
Hundreds of fish were found dead in different beaches of the departments (provinces) of Montevideo and Canelones, both to the South, in fact that the authorities of the national direction of aquatic resources (Dinara) attributed to the heat wave affecting that country, local media reported.
The Uruguayan Institute of meteorology (Inumet) issued a yellow alert for the 19 departments (provinces) Uruguayans by a heat wave that will bring “extreme” temperatures, which can reach 33 degrees or more in the North of the country.
According to the Inumet, “is expected to the persistence of a warm air mass over the country until at least the first days of March”.
In that sense, Dinara, Daniel Gilardoni, director told the local newspaper “El País” that high temperatures is one of the hypotheses that handle, since high temperatures there is less concentration of oxygen in the water.
However, he said that the first signs of the necropsy of fish, are still in analysis but so far the results have not yielded signs of disease.
“It is an extensive mortality but not unusual. There is a history of greater and more widespread phenomena”, said Gilardoni.
Similarly, he explained that bathing in these areas “does not represent any danger to health”.
According to the Inumet, to the Centre and North of the country, temperatures range from 20 degrees and will reach overcome the 33.
In the South and the East, temperatures ranging between 19 and 31 degrees, although they may also exceed this limit.
The recommendations range from extreme care with children under 6 years and over 65 people, as well as avoid staying outdoors and do not perform physical exercises between 11:00 and 18:00 hours.
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1,000+ cattle dead due to drought in Tehuantepec, Mexico

Livestock Alert
More than a thousand head of cattle have died in the past two months in the isthmus of Tehuantepec. The extreme drought that lived this Oaxacan by lack of rain area three years has been the result, artesian wells are dry, there is no grass and not grains such as maize, sorghum and Sesame, the causes: global warming and climate change.
Don Juan tearing, originally from Santiago Ixtaltepec, don’t know what to do, despite the fact that he gave drugs to their cattle, ten have died, economic losses are many, as each animal varies between 15 and 20 thousand dollars.
“A month ago they began to die my critter, it took more than ten, weakness and anaemia caused by lack of food was that they could not resist, they folded and he found them lying on my land, it’s sad, because it is the fruit of my effort of many years”.
According to the drought Monitor in Mexico (MSM) of the service meteorological Nacional (SMN), Chahuites, Santo Domingo Petapa, San Francisco del Mar, San Francisco Ixhuatán, San Pedro Tapanatepec and Santo Domingo Ingenio have moderate drought, while reform of Pineda, Santo Domingo Chihuitan and Santo Domingo Zanatepec are classified as “abnormally dry”.
Juchitán, Salina Cruz, Tehuantepec and many other localities are classified with severe drought.
This severe drought facing the isthmus of Tehuantepec forced the closure of the dam Benito Juárez, located in Jalapa del Marques, three months before the historically established.
“This had not happened in any year. We carry three years us not raining on a regular basis. It is atypical. In 2008 we had a low-level, but occurred at the end of April, and not in February. That was the closest, but is too distant to the situation that we are living right now,”said Arnulfo Ramirez Rojas, the District Commander of irrigation 019 of the national water Commission (Conagua).
Jorge López Guerra, President of the Regional livestock Association of the isthmus of Tehuantepec and Isael Santiago Domínguez, President of the Asociación Ganadera San Pedro Huamelula, are distressed, daily receive reports of death of cows and bulls.
“In the isthmus we have thousand heads of cattle in these three years, however in these two months (January and February) it has worsened, daily we receive news that they have died, we are carrying out a census to inform authorities of Sagarpa and Sedapa facts and see if they support us with some payment of loss”.
To Jorge Guerra eight cattle have died you, and while it has invested him dry bales of food purchasing, he said is not enough, because in many fields, there is no water, everything is dry and that generates that they weaken.
“To me it makes me sad say that eight of my cattle have died, but it is true, we are desperate, luckily the Conagua already authorized the construction of 700 artesian wells, however there is a risk that the water does not reach the proximity in which it could dig, is a great concern that we are living” concerned.
Municipal authorities divert resources
Jorge Morgan, President of the local livestock Association of Juchitán reported that last year more than 2,000 farmers and peasants of Juchitán did not receive the support that federal and State authorities granted by sinister concept agricultural since resources were diverted.
He said that the support came at the hands of the Mayor of Juchitán, Saúl Vicente Vásquez, was 800 pesos per beneficiary, i.e. thousands of pesos which did not deliver and which secured were divided among their friends and accomplices.
“It is regrettable that the little money that do not receive it, it deviates with friends and family of municipal authorities, we hope that this year with the new authorities we delivered because although it is something, helps us to buy bales or pay our field workers”, said.
Moreover, Isael Santiago Domínguez, President of the Asociación Ganadera San Pedro Huamelula asked the National Institute of livestock to do surveys for review well all the field situation, since only last year benefited the municipality of Ixhuatan.
“Drought has caused death, lack of food, grain and pasture, sorghum has been aside by the aphid yellow plague, nobody responds, only see, know but they do not act, meanwhile the producer is losing their animals”, he said.
50 per cent of the livestock inventory of the State of Oaxaca is located more than in the isthmus of Tehuantepec. The UGRIT brings together 85 livestock associations of 42 municipalities throughout the isthmus of Tehuantepec, of which each one integrates 100 partners, thus adding 8 thousand 500 producers, who on average 35 head of cattle each.
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Massive die off of fish in a river in Thanh Hoa, Vietnam

Fish Kill Alert
Pham Van Dat, vice chairman of Ngoc Lac District where the mass deaths took place, said environmental department staff and veterinary doctors had arrived to inspect the site, take samples of the river water for lab tests and investigate the incident.
The district authorities also warned people in Van Am Commune not to consume the dead fish, use the river water or feed the dead fish to livestock and poultry.
About 8am Wednesday, people in the commune found a massive quantity of fish floating belly-up on the 10km Am River. They also noticed the water smelled unpleasant.
Local authorities have not been able to take a complete inventory of the quantity of dead fish. They are encouraging people to gather all the carcasses and destroy them, preventing further pollution.
Until late Wednesday, there were still cases of dead fish being found in the river.
Last year in July, also on the Am River, at the section that passes through Giao An Commune in Lang Chanh District, Thanh Hoa Province, mass fish deaths were reported.
“However, it was then mostly small fish and varieties of crustaceans, unlike this time, when fish of all sizes from small to a few kg in weight have all died,” Le Hong Lam, chairman of Van Am Commune, said.
Last year’s incident was attributed to wastewater discharged from a seafood processing manufacturer in the Bai Bui industrial cluster located in Lang Chanh District, the provincial department of environment found.
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100 dead dolphins washed up during past 8 weeks, ‘IT’s A MASSACRE’, in Cornwall, UK

Campaigner Lindy Hingley with a dead dolphin
Campaigner Lindy Hingley with a dead dolphin
A MARINE wildlife expert from Brixham has described the killing of dolphins in South West waters as a ‘massacre’ – with over 100 found dead in just eight weeks.
A total of 106 dolphins and porpoises have washed up on Cornwall’s beaches and in the nets of fishing boats in just eight weeks, according to Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
The toll for the whole of last year was 205 while in the two previous years the numbers had been under 100.
Large trawlers are being blamed for the alarming increase – with French boats said to be the worst offenders as they work in pairs.
It is understood they are competing with dolphins for fish such as mackerel, herring, bass and sprats and experts say they are wiping out entire family groups.
The mammals get caught up in the nets used by trawlermen and are suffocated when held under the water.
Lindy Hingley, founder of Brixham Sea Watch, said: “It’s murder. It’s a massacre.
“It takes 20 minutes for them to die, and it’s an appalling death.”
Since Christmas, small trawlers operating in an area from Mevagissey in Cornwall to Plymouth in South Devon have hauled dozens of dead and rotting dolphins.
Martin ‘Beaver’ Thomas, a trawlerman based in Polperro, Cornwall, said it had become so common they don’t even talk about it anymore.
He said: “We have been trawling up dead and stinking dolphins. The smell is horrific. All the boats around here have been bringing up dead dolphins.
“We have all towed up the odd dead dolphin in the past and talked about it in the pub. But now it’s not a rare occurrence.”
Lindy Hingley added that more than 30 dead dolphins and porpoises had been found in Devon so far this year.
She said: “More have been found in Cornwall because the boats catching them have been working off Cornwall.
“It’s turning out to be a pretty grim year.”
A spokesman for Devon Wildlife Trust, which has launched a Devon Dolphins campaign, said: “News of dead dolphins and porpoises is always distressing but this winter the numbers of these beautiful animals being stranded does seem to have exceeded those of recent years. It is now a cause of considerable concern.
“The precise cause of these deaths is often hard to ascertain but the numbers occurring do give greater urgency to the calls for better protection for all our marine wildlife. Devon Wildlife Trust, along with the wider Wildlife Trust movement has led the recent campaign for a Marine Protected Area off the coast of Devon.
“If designated by the government, the Lyme Bay Deeps Marine Conservation Zone would specifically provide protection to an area of our seas off Torbay which we know is important as a feeding and breeding area for dolphins and porpoises.”
The Marine Management Organisation said the creatures are legally protected.
A spokesman said: “We’re aware of local fishermen’s concerns and have been working with other organisations to look into these.”
Rob Deaville, UK project manager of the Defra-funded Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme, said they were told of 76 dead dolphins in January alone.
Of those, 13 were taken away for post-mortem examinations – and five showed clear signs they had been caught in nets.
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56 dead whales and dolphins wash up this year, ‘WORST ON RECORD’, in Ireland

Fifty-six dolphins and whales have washed up on beaches in Ireland so far this year making 2017 the worst on record for such strandings.
The number of deaths is a fivefold increase on the same period in 2010. They have prompted an unprecedented meeting this week between experts from state marine and wildlife agencies and fishing and trawler organisations to discover what is killing so many of the species.
Pollution, trawler nets, disease, natural causes and inclement weather are all possible causes for the demise of the marine mammals whose beached bodies are being discovered almost every other day on some part of the coastline.
Former taoiseach Charlie Haughey famously made Ireland the first whale and dolphin sanctuary in Europe in 1991 during his last term in office but this decade has seen more than 1,000 of the creatures stranding.
While some die of natural causes like hunger or illness, others bodies bear the tell-tale marks of having been caught in a net but there are no conclusive causes of death as the animals currently don’t undergo an autopsy in Ireland.
Mick O’Connell, strandings officer for the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, said 2017 has seen the steepest rise in strandings of whales, porpoises and dolphins. He said: “In a series of years of unusually high strandings, 2017 so far is now the worst ever on record in Ireland with 56 cetacean strandings recorded already this year of which 29 are common dolphins.”
The death toll is heaviest every January and February and it is rising ever year.
“Every January and February, I see a non-stop stream of dead dolphins coming in all over the country. It’s something we didn’t get to the same level at all before 2011,” he said.
The numbers have snowballed from around 30 strandings a year at the start of the century to figures of around 200 annually in recent years. If the dolphins or whales are caught up in the giant trawler nets they suffer a terrible death of drowning or being crushed while being towed by the mammoth ships underwater.
It is thought the numbers washing up onshore are only a tiny fraction of the mammals caught in nets which are thrown overboard and disappear without a trace at sea.
“One study suggests as little as 8% of dolphins dying at sea are actually recorded,” said Mr O’Connell.
Last Wednesday, a common dolphin’s body was found washed ashore in Fenit, Co Kerry. The same day, a common dolphin with blood marks on its beak was discovered lying on seaweed in Ballyconneely Beach in Connemara; while on Monday, the emaciated body of a sperm whale was discovered on Nethertown Beach, Co Wexford. 
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6 TONS of fish die in a lake in South Cotabato, Philippines

Fish Kill Alert
Six tons of tilapia died in another fish kill incident in Lake Sebu town in South Cotabato.
The town’s lake warden, Rudy Muyco, said the dead fish were worth about P500,000. The fish started to die on February 16, with 28 affected fish cage operators.
“Ang reported na fish kill is 6,000 kilos, ang fingerlings doon around 1,000 [kilos],” Muyco said.
According to the lake warden, the fish ran out of oxygen. Continuous rains last week caused the depletion of dissolved oxygen in the water.
Mayor Antonio Fungan said the local government will meet with more than 500 fish cage operators in the town on February 27, to discuss a proposal to reduce the effects of the fish kill.
“First is reduce to 10 percent iyong pag-utilize ng ating lake, second is off season for a while, either 1 year or 2 years, so iyung last is declaration ng moratorium,” Fungan said.
Just last month, at least 1,300 tons of tilapia worth P124 million were destroyed in a fish kill.
A state of calamity was declared in the town, and the local government earmarked P1.6 million from the calamity fund to clean the lake.
For now, some fish cage operators resorted to farming on land while waiting for the lake cleanup to be finished.
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About 90,000 birds killed due to bird flu in Chungcheong Province, South Korea

Bird Flu
About 90,000 birds have been killed in South Korea as a precautionary measure against avian influenza, or bird flu.
The slaughter comes after local authorities determined they might have been exposed to a strain of bird flu spreading from migratory birds, Yonhap news agency reported.
About 100 chickens perished on one farm in central South Korea, in South Chungcheong Province. Fecal samples from three of the chickens tested positive for a strain of bird flu, provincial authorities said Wednesday.
In response to the findings, 90,000 birds being raised at the farm, and 1,108 chickens and ducks being raised within a 1.9-mile radius of the infected birds were slaughtered, according to the report.
A mobile control center has also been set up to monitor more than 1 million birds at 295 farms within a 6-mile radius of the infection.
South Korea’s provincial authority says the source of the virus is migratory bird feces that could have spread across the region through water sources.
No cases of the virus have been reported at farms for 40 days, and it is unlikely there was a transmission by feed systems at the farms, according to the report.
South Korea has destroyed more than 33 million birds since November because of one of the worst avian flu outbreaks in its history, according to Yonhap.
In January, the country tackled a shortage of shell eggs by shipping in more than 1 million eggs from the United States.
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Massive die off of fish in lake Eber in Afyon Province, Turkey

Eberde toplu balık ölümleri
Mass deaths of fish at Lake Eber. The air heats up the surface of the Lake was filled with dead fish ice layer was resolved.
Tea, Bolvadin Sultandagi districts bordering and Lake mass fish deaths took place Eber. Formed on the surface of the Lake due to severe winter ice sheet started to melt and the dead fish surfaced. Hundreds of dead carp and Pike.
CHP Deputy from Afyonkarahisar Burcu Kk and CHP District Chairman Santacruz, a review by going to the region. Lawmaker Koksal, “in previous years, very high levels of pollution of Lake Eber had mentioned that, had the appeal. ‘ E Lake cleared, recovered from. There we are. The smell is very bad. The pollution-filled. It’s all there, “he said.
The area of the image in Lake unfit and should be cleaned as soon as possible whether the solution transfers the call to the authorities, “, E save the Lake. I’m going to be a follower of this work as an mp. It’s a shame to fish living in the Lake. The environment is very dirty. Chinese living here as the most durable Carp fish although told that they also influenced by waste pollution. Emergency, “he said.
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600,000 ducks to be killed due to bird flu in Landes, France

Bird Flu
All the remaining ducks in Landes, a key foie gras-producing region, will be killed to stop the spread of the H5N8 virus, said France’s Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Fol.
Landes produces at least 25 percent of France’s statement luxury food – foie gras, made of duck or goose liver.
Now farmers face losing all of their ducks because although the virus does not transmit via food and is harmless to humans, it has been spreading fast across the region that already took extreme measures earlier this year.
In a press release, CIFOG (Interprofessional Committee on Foie Gras Palmipeds), estimated the immediate losses linked to the virus spread for the entire sector “to more than €210 million, plus the costs of investment and implementation of new rules of production that will have a major impact.”
Indeed, Le Foll already mentioned new transportation regulations in an interview with radio France Bleu on Tuesday.
“There is no vaccine available to date so we have to decide together how we can join forces and face this existing threat,” Le Foll explained his decision to slaughter all the birds during the same broadcast.
Landes was worst affected by the H5N8 strain of bird flu, with 151 cases detected out of the 306 in total across the country. In addition to all of the ducks, some 100,000 chicken were also killed in the region.
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Nearly 6,000 birds killed due to bird flu in Southern Vietnam

Bird Flu
Nearly 6,000 chickens have been killed or culled after four months of no reported cases.
Two bird flu outbreaks among poultry have emerged in Vietnam’s central and southern regions, the animal health department said, warning the disease could spread to more areas.
Animal health officials culled around 2,800 birds after the H5N6 virus had been detected infecting the birds in the central province of Quang Ngai, the agriculture ministry-run department said in a statement posted Sunday. Quang Ngai is about three hours drive to the south of the popular tourist town of Hoi An.
Some 3,000 chickens infected by the H5N1 virus, another strain, have also been killed in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu, the department said in another report. Bac Lieu is some 300 kilometers (190 miles) southwest of Ho Chi Minh City.
The outbreaks were the first reported in Vietnam four months after the country had successfully contained the disease in Ca Mau, Bac Lieu’s southwestern neighbor. A place is considered free of bird flu after 21 days without new infections.
Vietnam has reported no human infections of bird flu in the past two years.
The country is facing “very high” risks of bird flu spread in the coming time, the department said, warning about possibility that new virus strains could enter Vietnam due to the busy trade and smuggling activities in border areas. The virus often resurfaces in winter and spring.
Vietnam raised bird flu alerts last week as neighboring countries Cambodia and China reported ravaging outbreaks. The H7N9 bird flu virus, which was first detected in China in March 2013, has infected 340 people in China since January, 40 percent of whom have been killed.
In Vietnam the H5N1 strain has killed 65 people, one of the highest fatality rates in the world, since it recurred in 2003.
Health officials are urging the public to avoid consuming poultry with unknown origins and immediately seek help when they find sick or dead poultry.
Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, chest pain or breathing difficulty should also be taken seriously.
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