Archive | January 5, 2018

Hundreds of dead fish, seagulls and a dolphin wash up in Cornwall, UK

Dead fish and seagulls have been discovered on Marazion beach
Dead fish and seagulls have been discovered on Marazion beach (Image: Greg Martin)
Hundreds of dead sea creatures including a dolphin which have washed up on a beach are believed to have been killed by a lightning strike. 
Marazion beach in Cornwall was left littered with the carcasses of fish and seagulls after a spectacular electrical storm on Friday evening. 
None of them have any signs of injury and some locals reckon they must have been stunned by a bolt of lightning.
Sophie Parrott, 25, a keen diver who often swims alongside whales and dolphins, was shocked by the distressing scene in the shadow of St Michael’s Mount. 
She said: “They were all the same fish – herrings. And I would say hundreds of them if not in the lower few thousands.
“Birds laid there too but only seagulls, I think – and there were over 40 of those I would say. 
“There were a few crows feeding on the seagull remains but other than that, all the birds didn’t have a scratch on them.”
Her father Gary Parrot added: “It looks like a lightning strike rather than over-fishing, with 40-plus dead seagulls, loads of herring and a dolphin all in perfect condition.
“My guess is that the dolphins were feeding on this herring shoal and in the frenzy, gulls were eating the debris when lightning hit the water.”
Trevor Fletcher also tweeted a picture of a common dolphin. He added: “Common dolphin washed up after last night’s storm.”
People have also been out removing the dead animals, taking them away in bags.
A clear explanation as to why the animals have been killed has not yet been given, though there are currently multiple theories circulating in the area and on social media.
It has reminded many of the tens of thousands of mackerel, which stretched “as far as the eye could see” along the same beach on the morning of December 18 2016. Then, some blamed it on being the result of a bycatch.
At the time local resident Shaun Plumb said the fish may have been discarded by fishing fleets which were not allowed to land them due to European quotas on species which can be brought back to shore and sold.
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660,000 birds killed due to bird flu in Kostroma Oblast, Russia

Bird Flu
Russia has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu on a farm in the central region of Kostromskaya Oblast that led to the death of more than 660,000 birds, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday.
The virus killed more than 44,000 birds in an outbreak first detected on Dec. 17, the OIE said, citing a report from the Russian Ministry of Agriculture.
The rest of the 663,500 birds on the farm were slaughtered, it said in the report. It did not specify the type of birds that were infected.
It is the first outbreak of the H5N2 strain in Russia this year but the country has been facing regular outbreaks of H5N8 since early December last year, with the last one reported to the OIE detected late November.
Bird flu has led to the death or culling of more than 2.6 million poultry between December last year and November this year, a report posted on the OIE website showed.
Neither the H5N2 or H5N8 strains has been found in humans.
The virulence of highly pathogenic bird flu viruses has prompted countries to bar poultry imports from infected countries in earlier outbreaks.
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Mass die off of fish in Porto de Pedras, Brazil

Fish Kill Alert
The environmental Institute of Alagoas (IMA) reported this Wednesday (27) that is investigating the fish kills at the mouth of the river Manguaba in Providenciales, North coast of Alagoas.
Organ technicians were sent this morning to the site after complaints from residents of the municipality.
On site, the supervisory agents and IMA lab confirmed the large number of dead fish near the mouth of the river.
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Thousands of dead fish wash ashore in Haderslev, Denmark

Fish Kill Alert
The eastern shore of Inderdammen is absolutely teeming with dead fish at five-six cm length.
Once again, massive fish kills affected pond. Small fish at about five-six cm length is in the thousands in the eastern edge of the water and in large stacks on the banks.
There are so many that the gulls have given up trying to eat them. Or they wisely also keeps away.
Environmental Guard Anders Skau moved Wednesday out of view on the situation. But he could not immediately come up with a clear cause of death.
-They have been lying for a while; between two and five days, according to he.
But there are still plenty of live fish in the pond.
-During the Diversion road stands the fish in dense, dense shoals. They are alive and kicking and is very near, almost side by side. But the oxygen content in the water is plenty for fish. I’ve taken some water samples and fish with. It seems as if the dead fish are only in half of the pond. A little theory could be that someone has thrown something that says “bum” into such a shoal. But it must be a large shoal, so I think the theory is a little thin.
The most likely explanation is that it is some kind of release. It may be a spill from an overflow. Or a citizen who has poured chemicals in a grate on a residential street.
Environmental Guard Anders Skau
Not seen before
It may take some days before there is an explanation for the many dead fish.
-I’m running enough past tomorrow or later. I don’t see anything that “calling” in relation to emissions, then it should be so thin that you can’t see it.
-Have you seen anything like this before?
-No, I am not here. Not only is how some small fish. So it must be, if there have been frosty for a long time, and ice has closed for the oxygen supply to a smaller dam, so they have been strangled, and it has not been the case here, notes Anders Skau.
A kind of spill
After having to be out and gathering information around the Outer pond Wednesday afternoon, he has not found several dead fish.
-I can not see dead fish elsewhere. The most likely explanation is that it is some kind of release. It may be a spill from an overflow. Or a citizen who has poured chemicals in a grate on a residential street. But fish also seeks away, if there is a spill.
Environmental Guard should now have sent his samples to study. That can go several days before there comes a result of analyses.
There have several times been cases of major fish kills in the pond and the fjord. In spring 2008 it was, for example, the disease that took the life of a larger amount of fish.
In autumn 2016 fish death hit the inner part of Haderslev Fjord. It was possibly a lack of oxygen.
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Hundreds of dead fish found in the waters of Lee County, Florida, USA

Fish Kill Alert
Hundreds of dead fish were spotted along Cayo Costa, just west of Pine Island in Lee County.
The island is only accessible by boat.
4-In-Your-Corner Chief Photographer Curt Tremper snapped several pictures of the dead fish.  A park ranger says they started washing up some time between Wednesday night and Thursday. 
No word what caused the fishkill Red Tide levels for Lee County have been low to moderate the past week.
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16,000 ducks killed due to bird flu in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Bird Flu
Saudi Arabia has confirmed an outbreak of highly contagious bird flu in Riyadh that led to the culling of nearly 16,000 ducks, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday.
The highly pathogenic H5N8 strain infected and killed 14 birds at a non-specified location in the Saudi capital, the Paris-based OIE said in a report on its website, citing information from the Saudi authorities.
The other birds in a flock of around 60,000 exposed to the virus were culled, the report said.
Bird flu strains have hit poultry flocks in a number of countries across the world in recent years, with some types of the disease also causing human infections and deaths.
Saudi Arabia had this year imposed restrictions on poultry imports from countries such as Bulgaria in an effort to prevent the disease spreading.
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Hundreds of thousands of fish die in Jumeirah Islands, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Fish Kill Alert
Hundreds of thousands of fish have mysteriously washed up dead in a lake in Jumeirah Islands much to the horror of residents.
Dr. Reza Khan, Principal Wildlife Specialist at Dubai Municipality, attributed the mass deaths to low oxygen levels in the water caused by overpopulation of fish and algae, though this is yet to be confirmed by authorities.
Residents said the stink of the rotting piles of fish has engulfed parts of the neighbourhood.
“It’s so rank that we had to shut our windows,” said a resident of Cluster 42. “The sight is horrifying and the stench unbearable,” said another man who lives here.
A thick white foam-like substance has been spotted bubbling to the surface of the lake, sparking fears that the water may have been polluted.
Several residents took to social media to express their concerns.
“I wonder if there’s a connection… The mystery foam is piled high and I have never seen something like this before,” said a Jordanian. “Does anyone know why the lake is filled with dead fish? We walked around the area and the sight is unbelievable! Any idea what is going on here?’’ said a British expat.
Natural phenomenon
Dr Khan said the fish deaths were caused by a natural phenomenon called ‘fish kill’ or ‘fish-die’ where an entire population perishes due to lack of sufficient oxygen in the water. This usually happens when there is an over-population of fish or if there is an algae bloom inside the lake.
“Fish kills are often the first signs of environmental stress and must be investigated further.Many fish species have low tolerance for variations in environmental conditions and their death is often an indicator of a problem,” said Khan.
He said the lake needs to be regularly replenished with water and fish need to be removed every three months as they tend to over-populate quickly. “This is especially true in a closed lake,” he explained.
Nakheel response
Developer Nakheel said: “We have prioritised the matter by carrying out necessary cleaning work. Meanwhile, our environmental team is investigating further. We assure residents that water quality and circulation levels continue to be well within the accepted standards.”
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Thousands of dead fish found in a reservoir in Escaba, Argentina

Fish Kill Alert
The severe drought affecting the water mirrors the province and in the region is causing natural disasters. These days appeared dead thousands of fish in the dam escapes.
It happens that in this time of the year it occurs lack of oxygen in the water by three factors:
1- Decreases the volume of water that produces the “sink” effect: there is less amount of water for the same amount of fish.
2- Bloom of algae: they degrade by hot flashes and algae reproduce. In both cases they need oxygen to those processes. Then, they compete with fish and that generates a collapse.
3- The natural formation of the area: dam is encased between the hills and there is little waves, winds that cross the area are soft. That is why there are is a natural oxygenation of the water.
“The seriousness of the situation is that in escapes, the fishing club has been working for more than five years to recover the population of Silversides in the mirror”, said fishermen.
However, they added that this fact generates concern, because that was not produced for some years.
Fishermen call for resources hidiricos of the province, are handled more efficiently since, they say, this has an impact on the mortality of fish.
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Thousands of dead fish without eyes wash up in Castel Volturno, Italy

Fish Kill Alert
Castelvolturno-walk with thrill for many people in Sydney, taking advantage of the Sun that has appeared on the domitiana coasts, on Sunday decided to have a winter walk on the beach at Pinetamare and who found themselves in walk on a carpet of dead fish.
Hundreds, perhaps even thousands, the carcasses of beached fish on the shore of the beach of the resort domiziana for a linear extension of at least five hundred metres, the height of Royal Residence up to condominiums of the Parco delle Rose. All belonging to the same species (grey mullet) is a yellow fish death beached at Pinetamare and even more the fact that after the complaints of citizens in monitoring carried out yesterday by the men of the local harbour master the many carcasses are not you are the more you find. But let us start from the hypothesis of moria. The carcasses of mullets would show up only with rigid body, so it’s unlikely the death and stranding is due to illegal activity (but usual in the area) fishing with explosive devices. Moreover, no carcass had more eyes in their Sockets.
The most plausible hypothesis, then, as told by some fishermen in the area, that the mullet are dead for several days, all together, lying in the bottom of the sea and that the storm by Saturday, he pushed to shore at the same time. But what is the reason of death? The first to get on the dock is without a doubt the culvert of the Regi Lagni, whose mouth is a few dozen meters from the beach of the village Coppola. And right behind this mouth is settled a large colony of grey mullets (species that are known to eat their own outlets of the sewers). Likely that the mullet stranded Sunday on domitiana coasts have been surprised all together while from the mouth of the Regi Lagni came a large quantity of polluting chemicals, detergents or probably some kind of other environmental horror.
Unfortunately, treatment plants serving the former Bourbon setback and not work channel shall be adapted to the load of pollutants that arrives in the works. But, above all, are always too many illegal discharges that occur along the Canal, and as such (illegal) do not go through any Purifier. So, come directly into the sea in the city of Melbourne without any treatment. In one of these spills you will come across the unlucky group of mullet died instantly and then got to shore unconscious Sunday. Meanwhile, what happened to the carcasses of dead fish? By Sunday, the weather conditions have stabilised the coast of Caserta and the sea calm has returned. So it is unlikely that new storms could suck in water and beached fish. More likely, however, that the flocks of seagulls who live here have feasted at the sight of what appeared like manna from heaven. But it was not this; rather, of poison coming from the sea. Last July the harbourmaster’s Office denounced the deaths of three gulls occurred on the same day at 
Pinetamare, one of which fell while he was flying in the courtyard of his headquarters. The suspicion was that they could eat something poisoned found on the beach. So, after the carpet of dead fish on the beach of the village Coppola hopefully now that there is also a moria of seagulls.
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Hundreds of pigeons fall dead near Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Ref . Photo: help. Visitors thinking that birds were affected by the heat carried containers with water
Hundreds of pigeons that are usually in the main square, September 24, began dying last noon yesterday. The municipal authorities do not rule out that the cause of the death is poisoning. The results of studies are expected to know with certainty why, as another reason to be handled, although with less possibility, is that it might be by the heat wave occurring in the city. In 2016, it passed a similar fact in the main square of Cochabamba.
There is no exact number of mortality and there are 10 in surveillance. The municipal Secretary of environment, Michelle Lawrence, said that they collected 10 even with life, so that they are under surveillance at the municipal Zoo. The number of deceased individuals is not known with accuracy. Staff of the company’s urban Santa Cruz (Emacruz) toilet filled four bags with dead birds while some of the visitors to the plaza commented that they exceeded the 200. Lawrence said that 60 were reported. To know the cause of death, Lawrence explained that studies are carried out: one of the food scattered on the floor and the water consumed in the place and another blood pigeons that are still alive. A couple of results will be taken on Monday, while microbiological studies will come out on Wednesday. The doves, are an attraction, especially for children, in the main square. Lawrence explained that they are considered exotic, because they are alien to the ecosystem of the municipality.
Warn process. Lawrence said that confirmed poisoning will pass the report to justice and a process opens. Municipal Secretary of communication, Jorge Landívar, said that yesterday was already sent cleaning and disinfection as precautionary measure main square.
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