Archive | November 12, 2017


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Distances: 361 km E of Sendai-shi, Japan / pop: 1,038,000 / local time: 07:24:06.7 2017-11-13
300 km SE of Kamaishi, Japan / pop: 43,200 / local time: 07:24:06.7 2017-11-13

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Thousands of dead fish wash up in a river in Jhelum, Pakistan

Thousands of fish washed ashore the Jhelum river in Srinagar on Sunday leading to panic among residents, but the district administration said most of the fish were not dead suggesting that the oxygen content in the water could be low.
Thousands of fish were seen floating on the surface of the river at several places, officials said.
The incident led to panic and wild speculation that the river water could have been poisoned. Many people were seen recording the incident on their mobile phones.
The administration has assured people and urged them not to panic. They have collected water samples and sent them for tests.
“We have taken water samples as well as the samples of fish. Most of the fish washed up ashore are not dead suggesting that the oxygen content in the river water could be low,” District Magistrate, Srinagar, Abid Rasheed said.
Mr Rasheed in a statement said a technical team has visited the various spots and suggested further tests. “The administration is seized of the matter and working to ensure that no untoward incidents occur.”
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Nearly 100 sea birds found dead on Albany beaches, Australia

A CCWA volunteer with dead seabirds near Albany.
A CCWA volunteer with dead seabirds near Albany
More than 80 sea birds have washed up dead on Albany beaches, according to the Conservation Council of WA.
The flesh-footed shearwaters were found washed up dead on Goode and Fisheries Beech on the western side of King George Sound, south of Albany.
Conservation Council of WA Nic Dunlop said the kills may be caused by purse-seine fishing.
“The timing of this Shearwater kill is unusually early, but in every other respect fitted the now familiar pattern of these seabirds being drowned in the purse-seine nets used by the Albany-based South Coast Purse-seine Fishery,” Dr Dunlop said.
“The Flesh-footed Shearwater is a species that has recently shown a dramatic decline in all three of its populations. The species is known to be particularly susceptible as bycatch in a variety of commercial fisheries, to the ingestion of plastics, and to changes in marine climate.
Losing another eighty adult shearwaters from the local breeding population – in addition to around seventy earlier in the year – is a serious conservation issue.
“CCWA has attempted to work cooperatively with the Department of Fisheries to eliminate this problem from the fishery for more than a decade. There was an early reduction in bycatch from thousands to hundreds of individuals but no further progress since then.”
But WA Fishing Industry Council CEO John Harrison has denied that activities by the Albany-based South Coast Purse-seine Fishery are connected to the bird’s deaths.
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125,000 salmon die in disease outbreak at Lewis fish farms in Scotland

About 125,000 salmon have died due to a disease outbreak at two fish farms on the Isle of Lewis, BBC Scotland has learned.
Marine Harvest confirmed that the sites in Loch Erisort have been hit by the bacterium Pasturella Skyensis.
The company has apologised to local people concerned about the smell of decay in the area and the sight of lorries carrying away dead fish.
The pathogen is believed to have taken hold at the farms at the end of August.
One theory behind the emergence of the disease is that climate change and rising ocean temperatures could be making Scottish fish farms more vulnerable to bacterial infections.
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Thousands of Penguin chicks die of starvation, ‘scientists alarmed’ in East Antarctica

Thousands of Penguin chicks die of starvation, ‘scientists alarmed’ in East Antarctica

TONS of dead fish wash up on a beach in Hua Hin, Thailand

Many tonnes of small fish were washed up dead along about 10 kilometres of the Hua Hin beach after heavy rain sent freshwater flooding out to the sea. It rained heavily in the area for hours on Monday. The freshwater drained off into the sea and by the evening fish, prawns, crabs and other marine life started bobbing to the surface to breathe, unable to get enough dissolved oxygen.
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Distances: 195 km NE of Baghdad, Iraq / pop: 5,673,000 / local time: 00:33:23.7 2017-11-13
106 km W of Kermānshāh, Iran, Islamic Republic of / pop: 622,000 / local time: 01:03:23.7 2017-11-13
11 km NE of Sarpol-e Z̄ahāb, Iran, Islamic Republic of / pop: 51,700 / local time: 01:03:23.7 2017-11-13

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30,000 birds killed due to bird flu in Anhui, China

China confirmed a bird flu outbreak at some broiler chicken farms in the central province of Anhui, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture on Tuesday.
Local government culled 30,196 poultry birds after the outbreak, which infected 28,650 chickens and killed 15,066 of the birds, the statement said.
The outbreak was confirmed as a case of the H5N6 strain of the virus.
China also reported 13 fatalities from H7N9 bird flu in June, the government said in July, taking the death toll since October to at least 281.
China reported as many as 108 deaths from the virus in the March to May period, spurring further concerns about the spread of the deadly virus, according to data from the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
The death toll tends to drop towards the end of winter.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission did not disclose the location of fatalities or infections.
The H7N9 virus is likely to strike in winter and spring, and farmers have in the recent years ramped up measures such as cleaning regimes to prevent the disease.
China, the world’s third-largest producer of broiler chickens and the second-biggest consumer of poultry, has also closed some live poultry markets after people and chickens were infected by the avian flu strains.
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About 5,000 dead fish found in a lake in Mahbubnagar, India

About 5,000 fish, belonging to the exotic Tilapia species that lives in the deeper parts of the fresh water bodies, were found dead at the Mahbubsagar in Sangareddy district over the weekend. The 100-acre lake is located in the centre of Sangareddy, about 50 km from Hyderabad, and the fish kill raised concerns of toxic pollution.
Officials of the Pollution Control Board who rushed to the spot said after preliminary checks, that the lake was polluted with domestic sewage, and that it was not a case of industrial pollution. “We have collected samples to look into what caused this mass kill,” said Mr Bhadra Girish, PCB environmental engineer. The lake was built in the 19th century on the lines of the Hussainsagar.
Manjeera reservoir lies 11 km from Mahbubsagar. “The fish contracted a bacterial infection due to sudden inflow of sewage and drainage. It came on top from its usual bottom rung for oxygen, but could not survive,” said Ms Sujatha, assistant director of fisheries department. The department has ordered urgent sprinkling of lime and salt to contain the bacterial growth before the other four fish varieties are affected.
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41,000 birds killed due to bird flu in Zeeland, Netherlands

Dr Christianne Bruschke, Chief Veterinary Officer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs has reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza at a poultry farm in Zeeland.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reports that the outbreak was first noticed on 11 October and confirmed on Friday (13 October) after a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was carried out at the Wageningen Bioveterinary Research laboratory in Lelystad.
An immediate notification was sent to the OIE yesterday (16 October) wherein it was reported that the manifestation of the diseases has been found to be a sub-clinical infection and of the low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) H5N2 strain.
According to the OIE, a total of 41,504 birds were found susceptible and as a precautionary measure, all birds were killed and disposed of. No actual cases of infection have been confirmed.
The OIE reports that a 1-km restriction zone was established on 13 October and that there are no other premises within the 1-km zone.
The source of the outbreak remains inconclusive.
While vaccination has been prohibited and there is to be no treatment of affected animals, movement control inside the country, screening, stamping out and zoning are some of the control measures that have been applied to contain the situation.
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