Archive | May 5, 2017

100 TONS of fish die in lake Kunashak in Russia

Lake Kunashak is located 84 kilometers from Chelyabinsk, its area is 235 hectares. Representatives of the Mayak-57 Heritage organization reported on the ecological catastrophe on the pond. According to volunteer environmentalists, the culprit is a local tenant who poisoned the carp, carp and perch to populate the lake with larvae of more expensive and valuable species. The estimated volume of dead fish is about 100 tons.
For its part, the tenant shifts the blame on the road builders, who in the summer of 2016 built a bypass channel in the water protection zone. As a result, the water level in the pond fell to 1.5 meters, and in the winter the lake remained very shallow. In November, the air temperature dropped to -30-42 ° C, and the fish froze, and in the spring, when the ice melt, it surfaced.
The prosecutor’s office began to check the facts. To date, the Rosselkhoznadzor experts have determined that no poisonous substances have been found in the lake. From the surface of the lake the fish has already been harvested and will now be buried in the cattle graveyard on the territory of the Kunashak district.
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Mass die off of fish along 3km of river in Quang Nam, Vietnam

A few days ago, many people living along the Da Mai canal (Dai Thang commune, Dai Loc district, Quang Nam), are very worried when the water suddenly blackened, stinky smell that caused fish to die. series.
According to the observation of the PV, the water in the channel Da Mai black opaque, foul smell stinks. Many types of tilapia, carps, sesame … are dead white in the mass, floating on the water, but no unit to collect or any move.
Many areas of dead fish are thick, drifting to the shore forming large plates. Not only small fish, many types of fish weighing nearly 1kg also die and are in the process of decomposition, for unknown reasons. This phenomenon has a serious impact on the environment and activities of local people and also cause concern when water slit flow into Thu Bon River downstream.
According to Nguyen Thanh Hai – Head of Xuan Nam village – said, the phenomenon of abnormally dead fish began to occur from 26/4 past. Only one day after the fish began to die mass, floating white area in the channel Da Mai in large numbers, stretching nearly 3 km, the phenomenon of dead fish has not stopped.
According to the initial public opinion, the black water Khe Mang can lead to mass death of fish can involve the discharge of the plant more than 10 km away, where watershed watersheds.
The head of the village Nguyen Thanh Hai said, factories often discharge but never when the situation is as serious today. Local people have repeatedly submitted petitions but have not been resolved.
It is known that Xuan Nam village has 197 households with 609 people, most of the people living along the water channel Da Mai. Fear of polluted water, people have switched to buy potable water.
After the death of fish, Ho Ngoc Man – vice president of Dai Loc district – went to the site to check, record the situation and take two samples in two positions, including 1 sample where the factory is discharging and Another sample in the Da Mai canal area where the fish died and sent samples for testing to find out the cause.
There are no conclusions from the authorities about the incident.
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Thousands of dead fish found in the waters of Dunkerque, France

Thousands of dead fish found in the waters of Dunkerque, France

12+ turtles found dead, ‘a mystery’ in a park in Queens, New York, USA

The beloved turtle population at Bowne Park has mysteriously been dying off in recent days, according to city officials.
NY1 counted more than a dozen turtles floating dead in the water this week. “And that doesn’t count the ones that park visitors have been fishing out of the water and throwing away,” the news station said.
Some residents have speculated the turtles are being killed by litter left in the park.
But a spokeswoman for NYC Parks said she doubted trash was the problem. “While litter always negatively affects our city’s natural habitats, we believe that it’s very unlikely that it would cause this pattern and number of deaths,” she said.
NYC Parks officials do have a couple other theories, though.
Over the winter, Bowne Park’s turtles go into “torpor,” a state of decreased activity similar to hibernation, in order to survive cold weather that kills off their food supply (bugs, plants, etc.) and brings their body temperatures down to dangerous lows.
However, because of the unusual warm spell that hit the city near the end of winter this year, an NYC Parks spokeswoman explained, the Bowne Park turtles may have woken up early. And when it got cold again, they might not have been strong enough — or found enough food — to survive.
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Large number of dead fish found in a river in Guangxi, China

As of late April, Yongjiang has a large number of dead fish in Nanning, Guangxi. The recent increase in temperature, dead fish has been rotting and emitting a stench.
“Nanning Evening News” reported on April 30, in Nanning City, Guangxi Yongjiang Jiangwan Department, the river floating numerous dead fish , part of the dead fish has been rotten, stinky nose, part of the river rushed to the shore of the dead fish has been sun dried The
Residents Mr. Gao reflects the Yongjiang gourd trip to the riverside hospital river section, suddenly a large area of ​​”dead fish belt”, and said he was fishing in the Yongjiang River for several years, and never seen this situation. “It was a pity, and there were so many dead fish in the river, and I did not dare to go fishing here.”
Living in the vicinity of Mr. Cai said: “Yongning River side of a large number of dead fish, it is estimated that there are thousands of pounds, the taste is very unpleasant, we basically did not dare to window, and now the weather is hot, daily life are affected.” Questioned the relevant departments do not early these dead fish salvaged buried, hope not to affect the Yongjiang water quality.
Gushi tripod bridge in the lower reaches of the river can be seen floating on many small white spots, near to see is a section of the white belly of the dead fish. In the shallow side of the river along the edge of the stone, a large dead fish through the sun exposure, has issued an unpleasant stench, dead fish have carp, carp, grass carp and so on. These dead fish are basically distributed in the gourd trip to Jiangbin Hospital Jiangbei side of the river side, arranged more than 100 meters long.
Embankment on a worker also said that in late April to see the river on the floating floating fish, the past week, the river on the dead fish more and more, the vast expanse of white. Although the river has garbage, but there is no oil phenomenon, it is difficult to speculate that a large number of dead fish reasons.
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Thousands of dead fish found floating in the Yarkon River in Israel

Over the past few days, residents who live near the Yarkon River have been waking up to a concerning sight. Prolonged pollution and the flow of sewage into the river have caused the death of thousands of fish.
“It looks like the Plagues of Egypt,” stated Moti Elmalich, the head of the Yarkon Neighbors society. “From a restored river, the Yarkon is going back to being an open sewage channel in the center [of Israel]. All of the efforts to restore the river have been lost.” Elmalich said that the authorities are aware of the pollution problem regarding the river.
The Yarkon River Authority stated in response: “We’re doing everything possible to reduce the sanitary and ecological damage. Right now, the acute problem is the flow of raw sewage due to a problem in the sewage line that leads to the southern Sharon sewage treatment facility.”
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Massive die off of deer newborns and female deer this winter, ‘catastrophic’ in Wyoming, USA

Last summer, Wyoming deer researcher Kevin Monteith and a handful of others wandered Wyoming’s southwest mountains in search of mule deer newborns.
They found 70 and placed on each animal a radio collar to monitor its survival. It was the second summer of what was supposed to be a three-year study that had shown, on average, a little more than a third of the fawns in the Wyoming Range Herd survive to their first birthdays.
This year, they all died.
As a winter harsher than locals had seen in decades raged across the western part of the state, Monteith and his team waited while a pilot recorded one radio signal after another showing the fawns with collars were dead.
Fawns die during harsh winters. They don’t carry the reserves adults store on their rumps and sides. They’re also smaller, requiring proportionally more energy to survive than their mothers, Monteith said. But rarely do almost 100 percent of the fawns die in a herd that numbers in the tens of thousands.
And worse, the does, the ones responsible for keeping herd numbers up and giving birth to one or two fawns a year, are also collapsing from exhaustion and starvation. Monteith estimates about 35 percent of the does have died, and more will likely follow.
“To date, I’ve handled more than 3,000 mule deer over many years and conditions, and I figured animals would be in bad shape, but I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Monteith, a professor at the University of Wyoming. “To see a whole segment of a population not have anything left is distressing and sad. Adult females are weighing like a bag of bones.”
The winter could be considered a crisis for a herd that draws hunters and wildlife viewers from across the country and even overseas. But for Wyoming biologists like Monteith, the die-off represented a unique opportunity rarely if ever afforded in wildlife research. Because research on deer in the Wyoming Range began a few years ago, the scientists will be able to answer several critical questions: What factors led to the die-off? What, if anything, can be done to bring them back? And could this, in the long run, actually benefit the herd?
“When things become severe enough that we see adult survival drop, you know things are bad,” Monteith said. “We have a once-in-a-lifetime or many lifetime opportunity to study the effects of a bad winter.”
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50,000 hens killed due to bird flu in Nykoping, Sweden

On the affected farm outside Nyköping, Hemvärnet will assist in the management of the hens that are killed, commissioned by the Swedish Board of Agriculture.
The hens affected by bird flu in Nyköping are now killing and 20 people from home shelter are in place in protective equipment to serve in the removal of the 50 000 chickens.
“We will load bags and prepare for transport,” says Pontus Stenberg from Hemvärnet to P4 Sörmland.
The assignment will last for two days.
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