Archive | April 16, 2017


Depth: 20 km

Distances: 400 km NW of Madrid, Spain / pop: 3,256,000 / local time: 00:37:48.0 2017-04-17
106 km E of Santiago de Compostela, Spain / pop: 95,100 / local time: 00:37:48.0 2017-04-17
31 km SE of Lugo, Spain / pop: 96,700 / local time: 00:37:48.0 2017-04-17
5 km S of Baralla, Spain / pop: 3,200 / local time: 00:37:48.0 2017-04-17

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100 TONS of fish suddenly die in a fish farm in South Sumatra, Indonesia

Thousands of fish floating in a pool belonging to villagers Tegal Rejo Musirawas Regency of South Sumatra, Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
From the recognition of carers ponds, the number of dead fish reaches 100 tonnes. Should the fish that will be harvested, but damn it all already dead. Estimated losses reached Rp2,1 billion. “It’s the contents of fish tilapia, oreochromis mossambicus and pomfret. Today is of course the harvest, “said Daryono.
According to him, at 02.00 a.m., embankment which became a supplier of water in the pool that he kept him he knew had broken.
He also tried to cover up. But in vain, the levee already had broken the case too wide. As a result water supplies dwindling fast into the pool, fish and experience a lack of oxygen.
“We were closing the levee broke that use wood, so the water remains in the pool. But it can’t, because it’s big jebolnya. About 7 meters, “said Daryono.
Meanwhile, the head of the Fisheries Agency of Musi Rawas Bambang Hariyadi explains in the embankment area there are 28 units of the pool belonged to residents who already contains fish.
“For fish ponds that have operated since 2005. The alleged jebolnya embankment, because no strong again accommodate water discharge in the pond, “said Bambang.
With these events, the Department will coordinate with the Department of public works to repair the levee that broke it. “Later be modified pattern with tarps, pond systems in order to be able to operate again,” he said.
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Thousands of birds are dying in Atlanta, USA

Someone, or something, is killing thousands of birds in Atlanta. Since spring, the death toll began rising every week.
For Atlanta office workers, the dead birds are a sad sight at their doorstep. Now, Audubon Society volunteers are tracking and finding the dead or dying birds, many of them in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Buckhead.
The most frequently found species is the ruby-throated hummingbird.
I took the birds’ deaths to heart, searching for the reason why the birds are dying.
I find it in our glittering urban architecture.
Birds have flown over north Georgia for millions of years, enjoying our trees and water to stop over on annual spring and fall migrations. But now, in the blink of an evolutionary eye, the flocks are finding a deadly obstacle.
Flying at night to avoid predators, the birds see brightly lighted skyscrapers. The lights attract attention. The birds fly into the glass walls and fall to their deaths. 
Some are casualties of nighttime collisions with windows, while others circle in confusion until they become exhausted. When they land, they fall prey to other urban threats.
“Dozens of species are affected, including such priority species — those we’ve identified as most in need of and most likely to benefit from our help —as the Allen’s Hummingbird, Varied Thrush, Golden-winged Warbler, and Seaside Sparrow.”
The Audubon Society
This spring, for the first time Atlanta joins North Carolina as the only Southern states to combat the bird deaths. It’s a program called Lights Out Atlanta.  First to sign up are Buckhead office towers managed by Highwoods Properties.
Vice President Jim Bacchetta acknowledges the threat his buildings pose, saying, “They are big towers, up in the sky, many of them reflective glass. We can’t fix that.”
But he can, and did, order that all non-essential lights go out from midnight to sunrise during the months of the Spring and Fall migration.
Other Atlanta businesses are looking at what the Lights Out Atlanta pledge can do for the birds.
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38 dead dolphins found washed up along Sundays River coast, South Africa

Nature will be left to deal with dead dolphins
A baffling phenomenon saw the discovery of 38 dolphin carcasses scattered along the Sundays River coastline yesterday – the sixth such incident of common dolphins beaching themselves at the approximate same spot over a period of 20 years.
SANParks spokeswoman Fayroush Ludick said yesterday’s discovery, near Bird Island, of the pod of 38 common dolphins – 22 adults and 16 juveniles – was the largest recorded number of dolphins beaching themselves on the Southern Coast. The causes for the stranding are still unclear.
The 2km stretch of shore dotted with the decomposing dolphins was discovered by East London helicopter pilot Noel Greyling, 28, during one of his weekly trips along the coast from East London to Port Elizabeth.
Wildlife expert and Bayworld marine- biologist Dr Grey Hofmeyr described the event as a rare but regular occurrence along the shoreline between Sundays River and Woody Cape.
The previous incident saw four dolphins beach around the same time five years ago. In March 2000, 28 dolphins beached themselves at the same spot.
Hofmeyr will spend the weekend collecting specimens from the decaying caresses to gather research information in an attempt to shed light on the mysterious event.
“There are no definitive reasons as to why the dolphins do it, but there are several theories, one being that the lead dolphin might have been sick or injured and beached itself, and because of their strong group dynamics the rest of the pod could have followed,” Hofmeyr said.
“The other more likely explanation is because of the shape of Algoa Bay. There is a deceptive gradient of sand when one approaches the shore.
The dolphins being deep-sea marine wildlife, don’t recognise the slope and assume the sea carries on going, and in their confused state they just continue swimming all the way onto the beach.”
Ludick said judging by the discoloration of the dolphins’ flesh, the pod probably beached about three days before they were discovered.
“There have been a couple of incidents like this over the last two decades. But this particular occurrence is the biggest pod we have recorded on the southern coast.
“The reason is not clear, but the dolphins had no visible injuries so foul play has been ruled out. We have rangers out there [yesterday] and Bayworld will be there over the weekend to gather more info as to why it happens,” Ludick said. Greyling said he had been flying along his usual route when he hovered over the disturbing sight.
“It first just looked like black dots – then I did a loop and flew over again, but closer, and saw they were dolphins. It was a really disturbing experience,” he said.
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Thousands of fish and shrimp dead in the waters of Dewantara, Indonesia

The Department of Environment and Hygiene (LHK) North Aceh, Thursday (03/30/2017) evening has come down to the village of Bangka Jaya, District Dewantara, to follow up reports of death related to fish and shrimp in the groove and ponds.
He said he was already taking water samples and the night was also immediately taken to Banda Aceh to be examined in one of the laboratories.
“The fastest two weeks had no results, what poison is contained in the water that causes the death of fish and shrimp,” said Secretary of the Department of Environment North Aceh, Nur Aina, to Serambinews.
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Tons of dead fish washing up everyday along a river in Preah Vihear, Cambodia

Preah Vihear provincial authorities collected fish and water samples for examination on Monday after nearly a week of mass fish deaths in the Stung Sen river.
Ea Sokha, the director of the Preah Vihear environment department, said the fish began dying on March 24. Local authorities appealed to people living along the river to refrain from consuming or selling fish from the river.
Sokha said that the fish and water samples have been sent to a Phnom Penh laboratory for examination. “There are 3 to 4 tonnes of dead fish per day,” said Sokha, adding that the deaths continue to occur.
Lut Sang, a member of local NGO Ponlok Khmer, said that his organisation visited the river last Friday after hearing complaints from villagers.
Sang said that he and many villagers believe that runoff from a factory owned by the Rui Feng sugar company – located 10 kilometres from the river, in Chey Sen district – is behind the fish deaths.
“We suspect that the company released pollution into the river,” he said.
Sokha, however, said “the villagers blame the company, but those are their suspicions”. Experts “have not officially confirmed the reason”, he said.
Tach Vuthy, a resident of Prame commune, said that some villagers still collected the dead fish to make prahok.
“They know that it will affect their health but they do not care. They care about having something to eat,” Vuthy said.
Kuy Yoeun, administration manager of the Rui Feng company, could not be reached for comment.
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1 MILLION+ birds killed since January, due to bird flu in Taiwan

A poultry farm in Liujiao Township of Chiayi County, southern Taiwan, was confirmed Monday to be infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, leading to the culling of 13,349 birds, the county’s Livestock Disease Control Office said.
This was the third poultry farm hit by avian influenza subtype H5 in the southern Taiwanese county so far this year, according to data released by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture (COA).
As of 6 p.m. Monday, a total of 1,009,068 birds have been destroyed at 110 poultry farms infected with highly pathogenic avian flu viruses across Taiwan since the beginning of this year.
The infected poultry farms were located in Taoyuan City in northern Taiwan; Changhua and Yunlin counties in central Taiwan; Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung county and cities in the south; and Yilan and Hualien counties in the east, COA data shows.
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18,000 birds killed due to bird flu in Georgia, USA

The Georgia Department of Agriculture reports that the state’s first case of avian influenza (bird flu) has been found in Chattooga County.
Chickens, part of a flock of 18,000 birds at a commercial poultry breeding operation tested positive for H7, presumptive low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI). 
Officials for the GDA say this is the first confirmation of avian influenza in domestic poultry in Georgia. 
Avian influenza does not pose a risk to the food supply, and no affected animals entered the food chain. The risk of human infection with avian influenza during poultry outbreaks is very low.
The virus was identified during routine pre-sale screening for the commercial facility and was confirmed as H7 avian influenza by the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa. As a precaution, the affected flock has been destroyed. 
Officials are testing and monitoring other flocks within the surveillance area and no other flocks have tested positive or experienced any clinical signs.
Earlier this year, similar confirmations were reported in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.
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