Archive | July 30, 2017


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Distances: 839 km NE of Sapporo-shi, Japan / pop: 1,884,000 / local time: 06:00:48.2 2017-07-31
637 km E of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russian Federation / pop: 177,000 / local time: 08:00:48.2 2017-07-31
263 km NE of Kuril’sk, Russian Federation / pop: 1,800 / local time: 08:00:48.2 2017-07-31

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Thousands of dead fish ‘mysteriously’ found at Salford Park lake in Birmingham, UK

Thousands of dead fish have mysteriously floated to the surface of a city lake popular with anglers – weeks after the authority said the water was ‘NOT hazardous’.
Bream, perch, tench, eels, roach and carp have been found dead at Salford Park, in the shadow of Spaghetti Junction.
And the remains of swans and birds have also been uncovered close to the lake in Nechells.
Fisherman Krisstian Smith made the grim discovery when he visited the park on Wednesday, weeks after he first raised the alarm of worrying algae in the water.
Earlier this month, the Birmingham Mail told how the angler contacted the city council at the end of June to report a number of dead fish in the ‘murky’ lake.
He also said he had witnessed seagulls ‘falling from the sky’ after drinking the water.
Krisstian, who has fished at the lake regularly over the past four years, said it was normally ‘crystal clear’ and filled with fish.
But at the time, Birmingham City Council moved to reassure residents the lake was safe and ‘not hazardous’.
Steve Hollingworth, Birmingham City Council’s Service Director for open space and wellbeing, said: “Although the water is cloudy, it is a naturally occurring algae bloom and is not hazardous.
“We are satisfied that it is safe.”
Footage captured this week showed the scale of the problem, with anglers fearing around 90 per-cent of the lake’s fish stock has now been lost.
Krisstian said: “I knew something was wrong at the start of June when there was a difference in the clarity of the water – which is usually crystal clear.
“My first thought was that it was blue green algae, which can be harmful to humans and animals.
“I reported it to the council who said it was safe.
“But this week, I was heartbroken to see thousands of dead fish and the few that remain are gasping for air.
“The lake is usually full of bream, perch, tench, eels and carp. There is even a catfish in there.
“I would say around 90 per-cent of those are now dead.
“The pool is very popular with anglers but I doubt match fishermen will want to go there now.
“On Tuesday, the council came down to remove the dead fish and aerate the lake but it’s too little too late.”
A spokeswoman for Birmingham City Council said: “The naturally occurring algal bloom, which is not hazardous but had made the water cloudy, has now dissipated. This caused a reaction which takes oxygen out of the water, putting the fish in distress.
“Following advice from the Environment Agency, two pumps have been brought into oxygenate the water and this process will continue until we are satisfied that the pool and fish are settled.”
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Thousands of dead fish found in a river in Mato Grosso, Brazil

Thousands of fish of various species and sizes were found dead by Panará and Menkragnoti Indians on the Iriri River, which is born on the border of Guarantã do Norte (240 kilometers from Sinop) and flows into the Xingu River in Altamira, Pará. The cacique Megaron Txucurramãea told Só Notícias that possibly the waters are poisoned and is destroying the food of the indigenous people of the region.
“The fish have been found dead for at least a week. They are in several points of the river. There are thousands of fish. The Indians are afraid the waters will be polluted with some kind of poison. The fish are dying and this had never happened. These two ethnic groups live on the banks of this river and live off the fishing and drink their water. “
Txucurramãea explained that she should denounce the action and collect measures at the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) in Sinop. “This problem has to be solved. We will seek the Federal Public Ministry, Ministry of Justice, Funai and Ministry of Health and Sesai. Someone has to help the indigenous Panará and Menkragnoti. “
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Hundreds of dead birds line a road in Idaho, USA

The word that one state wildlife biologist uses is “disturbing.”
He’s referring to the possibly couple of hundred bird carcasses that line the gravel along both sides of South Cole Road, near CS Beef Packers south of Boise.
The birds are ring-billed gulls and California gulls, according to Bill Bosworth, a wildlife biologist with Idaho Fish & Game.
Thousands of gulls nest in a settling pond on private property southwest of the beef packing plant. The large number of bird deaths in recent years has concerned passersby and led some to wonder if they’re being poisoned by something in that pond or others nearby.
Bosworth said Fish & Game has been investigating, and they have determined two causes for the bird deaths.
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Hundreds of dead fish found in a lake in Colorado, America

Weather could be to blame for hundreds of dead fish found in a Boulder lake, CBS Denver reports.
The dead fish were spotted floating in Tantra Lake over the weekend, causing confusion and alarm for people living in the area.
“It’s pretty strange,” said Trevor Pellerite, a resident of the Tantra Lake apartments. “I was just fishing here early last week and it looked to be in order.”
Pellerite said he often goes fishing in the man-made lake, but he’s now worries that whatever caused the fish to die could affect him and his dog.
“I’m confused and it’s pretty scary,” he said.
Water quality experts with the City of Boulder took samples from the lake Monday to determine what caused the fish to die. Preliminary tests indicate the deaths could be related to weather.
“The water is 85 degrees, which is above normal,” said Steven Chase, Utilities Compliance Specialist with the city’s Public Works department.
Boulder Housing Partners, which manages the housing complex, said that its contractor Aquatic Associates is testing the water quality and algae.
“Water quality results will be available later today; algae results will be available on July 26,” the company said in a statement.
As a precaution, management is notifying Tantra Lake residents and advising them to stay away from the lake until the situation is resolved.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience while we work to address things it in a safe and efficient manner,” said Jeremy Durham, executive director of Boulder Housing Partners.
Colorado Premier Restoration is removing dead fish from the lake.
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Hundreds of dead fish wash up in Sao Jose de Ribamar, Brazil

Hundreds of fish were found dead at Porto do Vieira, in São José de Ribamar, on Thursday (20), and so far the authorities have no explanation for the fact. The Municipal Environment Secretariat (Semam) requested support for technical teams from the Brazilian Environment Institute (Ibama) and the State Secretariat of Environment (Sema). Ribamar is part of the Metropolitan Region of São Luís.
A team from Semam reported that it had carried out a large survey in the area of ​​the stream and ruled out “the possibility of clandestine fishing using a net or even capping at points in the stream that could cause the fish to die.”
Ribamar’s Environment Secretary Nelson Weber was at the scene and spoke on the case.
“We were going through the igarapé to inspect and raise the causes for such a death. Discarded this possibility, now we will try to find out whether the cause was natural or whether some kind of oxygenation, “said the secretary.
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Hundreds of TONS of fish have died in fish farms in Lampung, Indonesia

Hundreds of tons of fish in floating cages belonging to the farmers in Pekurun Village, Abungpekurun Sub-district, North Lampung are dead, allegedly due to bad weather in the last few days. This caused the floating cage farmers in the Wayrarem Dam suffered billions of rupiah losses.
Inca Pradika (37), owner of keramba, said the cause of death of hundreds of tons of fish is due to bad weather last few days. “Fish began to get drunk at around 19:00 pm, Saturday (07/16/2017),” said Inca, when found in his cage, Sunday (16/7/2017).
According to him, his 25 fish cages contain seven tons of carp ready for harvest and all died. He admitted suffered losses of up to Rp1, 5 billion. He explained hundreds of tons of carp and tilapia fish in a dead cage. “In total there are seven keramba have me, losses of about Rp1, 5 billion, capital from seeds to fish feed,” he said.
Mirisnya again, the fish were old tuga for four months and ready to harvest. He used to sell the cheapest fish ready for harvest Rp10 thousand per kilogram. Inca explained in his village there are about dozens of fish farmers who keep fish in the cage along the Wayrarem Dam. “This is not the first time. There are still two more pools that I have not lifted, the fish are all dead, “he said.
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