Archive | July 12, 2017





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Thousands of dead fish wash up due to pollution in the waters of Paranoa, Brazil

The margin of the basin of Lake Paranoa dawned this Saturday (1/7) with thousands of dead fish. The point that is close to the Rural Core of Boqueirão, is with the cloudy water and a foam characteristic of pollution. Nearby, there is a sewage treatment plant of the company of environmental sanitation of the Federal District (Cebs).
The company ensures that there is no fault in the treatment of water dumped into the river. According to the Chief Executive Officer of the water regulatory agency of the Federal District (Adasa), Paulo Salles, the problem is that there was not enough water in the River to dilute the effluent from treated sewage at the station.
In a meeting this morning, it was decided, therefore, that floodgates of the dam of the Paranoa would be open to a larger amount of water and oxygen in place and prevent the deaths of more fish.
The Instituto Brasília (Ibram) still do analyses to assess water quality and identify if there are any environmental crime.
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Hundreds of animals killed due to wild fires in Pedrogao Grande, Portugal

Nearly half a thousand corpses of animals killed by fireworks in the councils of Castanheira de Pera, Figueiró dos Vinhos, Góis, Pampilhosa da Serra and Pedrogão Grande were collected by the authorities, a figure that is expected to rise, according to official figures.
Asked by the Lusa agency, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development reported that the collection of the corpses of these animals was carried out with “extraordinary character”, at the request of local civil protection authorities, local authorities or the owners themselves.
Until Wednesday, according to veterinarians accompanying the municipal authorities, were collected 477 corpses of animals killed by the fires. 
Most of these animals are pigs: 300 in the municipalities of Pedrógão Grande, six in Castanheira de Pêra and four in Figueiró dos Vinhos.
63 sheep and goats and 20 bovine corpses were collected.
Despite the procedures for collecting and destroying the carcasses of animals that died as a result of the fires being carried out by the owners of the animals, under the supervision of the municipal veterinarians, the ETSA consortium was evacuated to rapidly remove the corpses of the animals. Animals from the places where the fires occurred and the inability of the owners of the affected animals to do so “.
The Ministry of Agriculture believes that these data “will certainly suffer some evolution, given the high number of dying animals that may die and the number of bodies that have not yet been identified or located in the face of the extent of the areas affected by the fires.”
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Dozens of sea birds, hundreds of fish, plus turtles found dead on a beach in Queensland, Australia

DEAD birds, turtles and mullet have become a common occurrence at Bongaree’s Airforce Park in recent weeks.
Don Early has been cleaning the beachfront for the past five years in ode to his late veteran grandfather and says he’s encountered 14 dead cormorants washed ashore in the past two weeks.
“Something is wrong here,” he said.
“It’s only a little stretch of beach and I usually find the odd dead bird, but to find 14 in such a short period is strange.
“There’s more up further; I’ve found dead turtles and hundreds of dead mullet. And these birds are all the same species.”
Don said he’s attempted to call Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Department of Parks and Wildlife up to “10 times”, but to no avail.
A Parks spokeswoman told The Bribie Weekly that the birds were found on council land, so the matter was referred to council.
But a council spokesman said it was unable to find sign of dead wildlife along the beachfront.
“A council officer attended the site following reports of dead wildlife and was unable to locate any dead wildlife,” he said.
“Park maintenance crews have also attended the site and have not encountered any dead wildlife.
“The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is responsible for the investigation of wildlife deaths and any further questions are best directed to the department.”
The Bribie Weekly contacted Bribie Island marine biologist Ben Diggles, but he said he hadn’t heard of anything relating to these deaths.
Don said he’d given up on trying to bring attention to the birds.
“The birds are still down there and there’s more up near the boat ramp,” he said.
“(But) I’ve given up. I can’t go any further with this.
“I’ve wasted too much money in calls.”
The Department of Environment and Heritage was unable to meet The Bribie Weekly’s deadline for further comment on the matter.
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Thousands of cattle die in heat wave in California, USA

Central California’s largest rendering plant is overwhelmed by the number of cows that died during a June heat wave, so officials are allowing dairy farmers to bury or compost hundreds of carcasses. 
The unusual run of heat last month – including nine straight days of triple-digit temperatures — and a mechanical malfunction at Baker Commodities have contributed to the overload at the plant, the Fresno Bee reported Friday. 
Because of the excess carcasses, Baker stopped picking up from farms, leaving farmers without a place to send their dead animals. 
Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner Les Wesley told CBS affiliate KGPE-TVan estimated 4,000 to 6,000 livestock died in June due to the heat wave.
To handle the problem, Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties had to take the unusual step of giving dairies permission to bury or compost the animals on site under a strict set of temporary rules outlined by state water and agricultural agencies. The three counties declared a state of emergency, clearing the way for the disposal methods. 
Baker normally processes about 1 million pounds of animal flesh a day, said Wayne Fox, division manager of environmental health at Fresno County Department of Public Health. 
The company had ratcheted up its capacity to 1.5 million pounds per day before a daylong machinery malfunction significantly slowed the rendering process, said Fresno County Board of Supervisors Chairman Brian Pacheco, who is a dairy farmer. “They’ve worked through it, but they have been getting further and further behind,” Pacheco said. 
Once the animals decompose to a certain point, they can’t be rendered, Pacheco said. 
This isn’t the first time there has been a heat-related disaster for livestock owners, according to the newspaper. San Joaquin Valley farmers went through a similar crisis in 2006 when nearly $300 million in losses were reported because of the heat. In Kings County, 1,834 milk cows valued at $3.7 million died. 
It is too soon for county officials to know how many animals died in this heat wave.
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9 dead pilot whales found stranded along Taylor and Dixie County coast, Florida, USA

Last Thursday, WCTV reported about a 10-foot pilot whale found stranded on the coast in Taylor County. We’ve since learned it wasn’t the only one, and researchers are speculating why.
Researches are starting to think there may be something wrong with the species. These animals travel in groups, and if their leader is sick, there’s a good possibility the pack is just following behind.
Over a four day period, rescue teams and Florida Wildlife Conservation responded to 10 different whale strandings in Taylor and Dixie counties. Of those 10, only one was saved. The female whale is being treated at a rehab facility in Clearwater.
The mammal found in Hagens Cove last week washed up on shore and was in shock for hours before vets deemed it in poor condition. It was euthanized, along with eight others found last weekend.
Researches are now looking into what’s causing them to beach themselves, and how they can be treated.
“What is known for historic stranding is that these kind of species does not strand alone. Sometimes when there’s a whole population, the leader of the whole population is sick and the whole population follows and strands together with the leader,” said Victor Blanco, the UF Sea Grant Extension Marine Agent in Taylor County.
These 10 strandings in our area come just two weeks after another pilot whale was found stranded in Siesta Key. Blanco said it’s very uncommon to find these types of mammals on the shores, but if you come across one, he advised to not push it back into the water, but to call 911 immediately.
If whales beach themselves, it’s because something isn’t right and it needs help. Blanco said it could take a few months before they necropsy results are released.
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‘Alarming number’ of dead fish wash up in a lake in Ohio, USA

An alarming number of dead fish began washing ashore in Sheffield Lake on Wednesday.
The ghastly sight caught people off guard near the Public Boat Ramp and Beach on Lake Rd.
“We’re all just sitting here like what the heck is happening,” said Alexis Williams. “It looked like they were white caps, but they were dead fish.”
All of the dead fish were sheepshead, also known freshwater drum, and most likely came from across the lake, but light northeasterly winds deposited a concentrated number along the Lorain County shoreline.
Mayor Dennis Bring said he began receiving calls from concerned residents Wednesday morning and by afternoon city workers were cleaning up piles of dead fish.
“I’m very concerned,” said Mayor Bring, “This is obviously our drinking water and we want to make sure that it is safe.”
The mayor notified the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
An ODNR spokesperson told him and Fox 8 News that this fish kill appears to have been caused by an unusually long and cold spring that stressed out the fish during spawning.
ODNR says that multiple species would be dying if the nearby power plant, pollution or virus was to blame.
It’s actually happened before. However, in August 2006 a so-called “natural die off” occurred.
Fluctuating temperatures and flooding killed a number of freshwater drum, shad and perch.
ODNR says the water remained safe to drink back then and is safe to consume and for recreation now.
They will be monitoring the situation, which should end within 1-2 weeks.
“Hopefully that’s all it is,” said Mayor Bring, “I hope that’s all it is.”
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Thousands of dead fish wash up in a lake in Wisconsin, USA

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is investigating a large fish kill on Indian Lake in western Dane County, caused by low oxygen levels due to blue-green algae and a lake weed die-off.
Thousands of fish of all species — including northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, bluegills, carp and bullheads — have died in the lake located in Indian Lake County Park, along Highway 19 west of Springfield Corners in the town of Berry.
The lake was being rehabilitated by county and Department of Natural Resources staff, by reintroducing game fish to a lake overtaken by less desirable fish.
“This was bad timing by nature,” said David Rowe, area fisheries supervisor for the DNR. “It will set us back.”
Rowe told the Wisconsin State Journal the fish kill was discovered on the Fourth of July.
“The fish are running out of air (oxygen),” he said. “There had been a blue-green algae bloom and then the curly-leaf pondweed starting dying back, which also uses oxygen.
“It’s a shallow lake, and it’s getting hotter, so it could get worse.”
Once the majority of fish die in Indian Lake, it’ll be restocked in the future.
Rowe said there wasn’t any plan to clean up the dead fish.
“We advise people to keep their pets from rolling in the dead fish and to avoid blue-green algae,” he said. “If you stick your toe into the water and you can’t see it, don’t go in.”
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