Archive | October 10, 2017



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Hundreds, maybe thousands of dead Snow Geese found washed up in Cambridge Bay, Canada

Carcasses of dead snow geese are seen on the shoreline, near the Nunavut community of Cambridge Bay. A resident said the birds dotted the shoreline for at least 20 kilometres.
Carcasses of dead snow geese are seen on the shoreline, near the Nunavut community of Cambridge Bay. A resident said the birds dotted the shoreline for at least 20 kilometres. (Government of Nunavut/Department of Environment)
Hundreds of dead snow geese have washed up on the shores near Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and it may be some time before officials figure out what caused them.
The geese washed up near Long Point, west of the Nunavut community. David Ohokannoak, who lives in Cambridge Bay, drove by the carcasses on Sunday evening on his ATV.
“It was just dead geese for about, maybe 20 kilometres of shoreline,” he said. “There had to be over a thousand…there was too many to even count.
“It’s a long drive, so you can see them for that whole drive, you just see nothing but geese. Kind of sad to see.”
Ohokannoak said most of the carcasses were washed up right on the shore, while a couple were located further away from the coast.
Snow geese migrate to the Arctic in massive numbers each summer. In past years, they have been known to devastate large areas, travelling in the millions.
An official with the Government of Nunavut directed CBC to Environment and Climate Change Canada, saying because the birds are migratory, they’re the responsibility of the federal government.
In an email to CBC, a spokesperson for Environment and Climate Change Canada said only that the department is “aware of the situation,” and that officials are “following up on the incident and will consider next steps,” working with the Government of Nunavut. The official did not provide any information about what the follow up entails or what the next steps would be.
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300+ animals dead due to flooding in a national park in Assam, India

The Assam floods have brought nothing except bad news for the entire country. While over 300 people have been killed in the fresh wave of floods, animals have been the worst sufferers here. Due to flooding in the Kaziranga National Park, around 330 animals have lost their lives.
Two successive waves of floods have wreaked havoc over the state of Assam bringing nothing except misery for the residents. As per reports, the casualties includes 250 various species of deer, 22 rhinoceros, a tiger, four wild boars, along with many buffaloes as well as elephants. Not only this, at least 30 percent of Kaziranga remains submerged even now.
Two successive wave of floods had caused the Kaziranga massacre. In fact, in the second wave of floods in August, the levels of water had risen to about 10 feet wherein it had become quite a task to catch and save the animals. In the first wave of floods itself, than 100 animals had been killed.
Not only this, the infrastructure at the National Park has suffered immense damage as well. Along with anti poaching camps, many of wooden bridges have also been badly damaged along with a few even being washed away.
While rainfall activity has witnessed a decrease, it will take a while for the life of people in Assam to come back to normal as many areas continue to remain inundated.
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Hundreds of dead fish found washed up in Guaymas, Mexico

This morning hundreds of fish float on the shore of the bay on the Malecon de Guaymas, an event not very common to see.
Coastal fishermen discard any contamination that has caused this event, it could be a Sardinero boat that has thrown them in the environs of the tourist malecon.
It can also be the net dragging against this species produced by fishermen in pangas with forbidden Maya and bad exercise that killed the fish, which today dented and the currents brought it to the shore.
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200,000 birds killed due to bird flu in Pampanga, Philippines

The town of San Luis in Pampanga province has completed the slaughter of some 208,000 fowls in a bid to contain the country’s first bird flu outbreak, Mayor Venancio Macapagal said Tuesday. 
Macapagal told DZMM a total of 170,000 chickens, 21,000 ducks and 16,000 quail from a 1-kilometer diameter quarantine zone, considered the outbreak’s ground zero, were culled. 
The Department of Agriculture (DA) earlier said it was set to cull a total of 600,000 fowls in the whole of Pampanga after more poultry farms suffered heavy losses and gave up their produce for slaughter. 
Quarantine officers will disinfect the affected farms and a new set of fowl called “sentinel birds” will be brought in after 21 days. If the “sentinel birds” don’t fall sick after 90 days, the quarantine restrictions will be lifted, the DA said. 
Authorities have not determined the cause of the bird flu outbreak, nor the exact strain, on which tests are being done in Australia.
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4,000 birds killed due to disease in Kalmar County, Sweden

Dr Ingrid Eilertz, Chief Veterinary Officer Director and Head of the Swedish Board of Agriculture Department for Animal Welfare and Health at the Ministry for Rural Affairs has reported an outbreak of Newcastle disease at a poultry farm located in Kalmar County.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on Friday, 18 August. According to the report, the outbreak was first observed on 13 August and confirmed last Thursday (17 August) after real-time PCR and virus sequencing tests were conducted on 16 and 17 August respectively at the National Veterinary Institute.
The affected population comprises a poultry farm with laying hens divided in two houses, where symptoms like egg drop and eggs without shells were noticed. However, no increase in mortality has been seen in either one of the houses.
According to the OIE, a total of 4000 layers were found to be susceptible, out of which 1600 birds were affected. Fortunately, as mentioned, no deaths were reported. However, all 4000 hens have been killed and disposed of.
The OIE reports that a protection zone (3km) and a surveillance zone (10 km) have been put in place around the infected farm, and all restrictions and other necessary measures according to Directive 92/66/EEC have been and will be applied.
Some of the control measures that have already been applied include movement control inside the country, surveillance within containment and/or protection zone, traceability, stamping out, zoning, ante- and post-mortem inspections, vaccination has been permitted depending on the availability of such a vaccine and finally, none of the affected birds have received any treatment of any sort.
Some further measures to be applied consist of official destruction of animal products, official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste and disinfection.
While the causal agent has been identified as avian paramyxovirus type 1 (APMV-1), the source or origin of the outbreak remains inconclusive.
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2,474 cattle have died, ‘reason unknown’ in Chuquisaca, Bolivia

The mayor of Macharetí, Eduviges Chambaye, confirmed on Thursday that 2,474 heads of cattle died in no more than a month due to unknown causes, a sanitary situation that alarmed the cattlemen of that region of Chaco de Chuquisaca.
“The official data that the professionals of the municipality of Macaharetí, the Government of Chuquisaca and the Senasag (National Service of Agricultural Health and Food Safety) made a total of 2,474 livestock,” he told reporters.
Chambaye detailed that 16,000 cattle are in that risk zone, of which 873 are sick, 253 farms or corrals that were inspected by the technicians of these three institutions.
He argued that two of three laboratory tests ensure that the massive death of cattle is due to hemoparasites, intoxication and clostridiosis, which are fatal diseases affecting cattle.
These results correspond to the Laboratory of Investigation and Diagnostic Veterinary (Lidivet) of Santa Cruz and to the Integral Agricultural Laboratory Villa Montes, Tarija, respectively, added.
While the Laboratory of Water, Soils and Plants of the Gabriel René Moreno University of Santa Cruz, will just deliver the final results tomorrow, Friday, as it is a function of a cognitive test on mice, complement.
Macharetí has ​​an approximate area of ​​nine thousand square kilometers and is located at a distance of 450 kilometers from the city of Sucre.
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Dozens of dead dolphins and turtles are washing up on the Gulf Coast, USA

This year, 47 dolphins and 51 endangered sea turtles have died off the Gulf Coast and scientists are trying to figure out if they are the latest victims of the massive dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
Those scientists are also sounding the alarm that these swift environmental changes are affecting all life in our ecosystem.
Life-long Gulf Coast fisherman, Reggie Walker said it’s getting harder and harder to make a living.
“It’s just getting real bad right here, right now. It’s not nothing like it used to be back in, years ago,” said Walker, who lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
He doesn’t need to see news reports about the largest dead zone in Gulf history, the size of New Jersey, because he sees the effects first hand every day. 
“A lot of the fish, they not as healthy as they used to be. The shrimping, it was real good, but it’s depleting pretty much every year. The season gets later and you catch smaller shrimp and stuff like that,” recounts Walker. 
“We are now seeing more jubilees, which are animals gasping for air and dying,” said Dr. Moby Solangi, President and Executive Director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport.
Biologists at IMMS are studying the cause of death of four dozen dolphins and even more sea turtles. He warns they are the canaries in the mine.
“These animals are top of the food chain and are a good indicator of the environment. And I can tell you that there is something that is not looking very good,” said Dr. Solangi. 
The large amount of rainfall this summer is causing the Mississippi Sound to go from brackish to fresh water, and all the agricultural, industrial and sewage run off from many states and rivers, drain through the mouth of the Mississippi River, creating the dead zones off the coast.
“Just a few years ago we had a catastrophic decline in oyster fishery. The blue crabs live on the oyster reefs. We lost the blue crabs, so it’s a domino effect,” explained Dr. Solangi.
Conditions in the Gulf can improve when it’s drier in the winter, but he says policy makers need to listen to the science and start by using spillways and levees to slow down the release of fresh water.
Scientists also warn that some marine life, such as oysters, can not move to other waters when the salt levels change, and they are unable to adapt when the change happens so fast.
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Thousands of dead fish washing ashore along Tampa Bay coast, USA

The smell of dead fish is so bad, it makes you gag. Thousands of dead fish are washing up along the shores of Tampa Bay.
Exactly what’s causing this large-scale fish kill is an algae bloom that typically happens in the summer months.
They are rotting in the hot sun, making it difficult to be outside.
“To say there’s thousands, I don’t know that that’s impossible,” said Mark Prince, as he pointed out dead fish in the mangroves behind his house.
“Here’s another big, red fish back in here. I guess that’s a red fish,” he said.
Dead fish are decaying in the mangroves, red fish, drum fish and mullet. Some are giants.
It’s all happening in the waters of Old Tampa Bay, on the Pinellas side.
The smell can knock you out.
“It’s pretty gamey. I’m afraid it’s gonna get a lot worse,” said Prince.
Buzzards are enjoying a fish feast, but Prince’s daughter doesn’t like the stench wafting through the air.
“I’ve lived here for 24 years and haven’t seen anything like this. Who knows? But I hope somebody gets to the bottom of it,” said Prince.
Florida Fish and Wildlife have reports of dead fish in Phillippe Park, Allen’s Creek and at the Bayside and 580 bridges.
Pinellas County Environmental Management blames low dissolved oxygen in the water, caused by the algae called Pyrodinium bahamense.
On the north side of the Bayside bridge, dead fish are floating in the water, including a number of stingrays.
At the nearby Grand Bellagio condos, Evey Hammond suspects runoff from a construction project is to blame. She described the smell.
“It’s bad. Yeah, you can’t even breathe out here,” she said.
The dead fish are a smorgasbord for nature’s scavengers and a serious concern for people worried about the environment.
“The water is important and we want to protect our waterways and we want to keep it clean. The water should be clean for everybody to enjoy,” said Hammond.
It’s not red tide, but can be confused with it, because of the algae’s reddish-brown color. It is fed by nutrients, including those in fertilizers, sediment, yard waste and animal waste.
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