Archive | May 1, 2017

41 humpback whales have washed up dead during the past year, ‘unusual mortality event’ declared, along east coast of USA

A floating, deceased humpback whale carcass reported on July 5, 2016 at the mouth of the Delaware Bay.
NOAA Fisheries is declaring the recent deaths of 41 humpback whales from 2016 through present from Maine to North Carolina to be an unusual mortality event, triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause.
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Thousands of dead fish are washing up in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Thousands of dead fish are reeking up a St. Pete neighborhood and things are about to get worse. The severe drought could mean more fish floating belly up in a neighborhood near you.
“Oh my god,” Barbara Kelly exclaimed looking out over the pond on 110th Avenue North between Martin Luther King Jr. St. N and 4th Street near Trellis at the Lakes Apartments.
Everywhere you look there are fish floating or rotting on the shore of a large pond on the apartment property. 
“It’s so sad,” Mary Myers uttered while walking her grandson on the sidewalk along the pond.
Melissa Otero looked out from her apartment balcony at the fish massacre, “Bottoms up and they were dead. All dead.”
The smell is putrid. Lindsay Jaroszek held her nose as she walked by, “Horrible, I was walking over here gagging. It was terrible.”
Several neighbors reported the dead fish to FWC’s Fish Kill hotline. Strangely enough, FWC says you can blame the drought. As the water level drops, so does the amount of oxygen in the pond, which suffocates the fish.
Usually a fountain can help to aerate the water, but with conditions this dry, it can only do so much.
Micah Bakenhaster, an assistant research scientist at FWC explains, “The pond is like a fish bowl without a filter. As the water levels drop and the temperature heats up, the oxygen levels drop.”
Things will only get worse. The more drought we see, the more fish we will find floating belly up across Florida. 
That means you too could soon be dealing with a fishy situation.
“It’s a little scary because you don’t know what this drought will become. There’s one pond here, another across the street. It would be awful to see a bunch of dead fish lying around everywhere,” Otero added.
The only solution to the fish kills: Rain. 
Myers is already playing, “Oh please, rain. Please!”
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Thousands of dead fish found in a lake in Coahuila, Mexico

In the pond known as “Los Pocitos” ejido El Aguila thousands of fish died of the natural mojarra species, reason why the ejidal commissariat Gorgonio de León Ramirez asked the municipal and state authorities to investigate the causes of Ecocide
The director of Public Safety, Humberto Rodríguez García, went to the rural area located 10 kilometers from the municipal head to inspect the area and take samples of water and fish.
It was accompanied by elements of Civil Protection, who moved in a vehicle of the municipality and later walked more than 200 meters to reach the pond.
As the authorities were unable to determine the causes that are causing the massive death of fish, they decided to prohibit the use of water and fishing activities, since many people are engaged in the extraction of mojarras for sale and personal consumption.
The ejidatarios fear that the water is contaminated and that they can not make use of the pond in the next months, situation that would affect his cattle.
Humberto Rodríguez informed that the samples will be sent to environmental authorities to investigate what happened in the ejido.
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Thousands of dead fish found in a reservoir in Basilicata, Italy

Thousands of dead fish in the dam between Puglia and Basilicata: it is a pollution warning.
It is right on the border between the two regions that rise to the Basentello lake, flooded by the barrier of the Basentello stream. Here tourists and residents discovered an expanse of dead carp floating in the waterfall and launched the alarm. It is feared that the triggering cause could have been pollution. In Basilicata, the most recent one was Pertusillo’s, which led to the momentary suspension of the Viggiano Eni Oil Center.
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1,200 TONS of fish have died throughout 4 districts of Bangladesh

Over 1,200 tonnes of fish have so far died in several haors (water bodies) of Netrakona, Sunamganj, Habiganj and Kishoreganj districts, said fisheries and livestock secretary Maksudul Hasan Khan on Sunday, reports UNB news agency. 
Of them, Netrakona saw the most deaths of fish, he said while talking to UNB over phone.
The fish might have died for various reasons, including water pollution and falling oxygen level in water due to the formation of ammonia gas after green paddy got rotten following the flashflood, he said.
“We’ll be able to know the details about the reasons of the death of fish after the experts of Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute submit their report to the ministry as they are now on field visits,” said the secretary.
Talking to reporters at Sunamganj Circuit House on Friday night, Fisheries and Livestock Joint Secretary Syed Mehdi Hasan said the fish died in haors of Sunamganj district as the oxygen level in the water fell due to the formation of ammonia gas.
Huge dead fish were found floating in the haors of the four districts over the last several days after flashfloods hit the areas.