Archive | April 26, 2018
3 dead dolphins found washed up on a beach in Porto Santo, Portugal
Thousands of sheep have been wiped out in the snow storms which have hit Cumbria as farmers are left counting the tragic cost.
While rising temperatures have seen a thaw set in across much of the county, farmers on isolated communities are still desperately trying to feed and rescue buried livestock from deep drifts.
Cumbria was among the counties worst hit after the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ met Storm Emma, causing blizzards and drifting snow that paralysed road networks and shut off farms.
While many dairy farmers have been forced to throw away thousands of litres of milk after snow drifts prevented lorries from accessing farms to collect it, livestock farmers are braced for a spiralling bill for large-scale sheep losses following the recent snowstorms.
“We are talking about thousands of sheep being lost to the snowstorms,” said David Hall, National Farmers’ Union north west regional director. “But many of these sheep will be pregnant ewes, and that has a massive impact on future income for farmers.”
He added the union had been pushing Defra for funding for fallen stock since last Friday. “There’s a lot of work going on behind closed doors to get help for the farming community, and this will continue
The Stobart family, who farm 1,600 acres of moorland at Croglin High Hall, Croglin, near Penrith, have spent the last week frantically digging out hundreds of their sheep caught in snowdrifts several feet high.
“It’s the worst we’ve seen up here. We’ve never known the Helm wind so strong. It’s been horrendous. We have managed to save a lot of our pregnant ewes, but we have 550 on the fells. It’s been good to see the community come together helping out. But we’re seeing heavy losses with more to come,” said James Stobart.
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Officials are closely monitoring the Indian River Lagoon after the area experienced warmer-than-average weather during the past several weeks.
Right now, much of the 70-mile-long waterway in Brevard County is dark and cloudy. Officials said it’s the result of algae blooms, soaking up oxygen in the water.
Algae blooms could possibly lead to another massive fish kill.
It’s a mix of many sunny days, and a few cloudy ones, causing the blooms to deplete the oxygen levels.
“The algae didn’t get enough light to photosynthesize during the day, and then when they respired at night, they used the available oxygen up,” Brevard Natural Resources Director Virginia Barker said. “If we see cloudy days, we expect we could see a similar event.”
Rick Sturtevent is a mainstay on the Indian River Lagoon. If anyone knows what the water is like daily, it’s him.
“I’m out there every single day,” said Sturtevent, who fishes the river daily. “It’s murky. You can’t see 6 inches down. I’m hoping they can fix it.”
Barker said this current bloom pattern mirrors what happened in 2016, when a massive fish kill began. It’s not the blooms that kill fish — it’s the lack of oxygen.
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12+ dead dolphins wash ashore along the coast of Galicia, Spain
Thousands of dead fish have been found following the suspected pollution of a river in Lincolnshire.
The fish – dead or gasping for air – were spotted on Sunday in the River Witham between Kirkstead Bridge and Bardney Bridge, near Woodhall Spa.
The Environment Agency (EA) said it was a “very serious” case.
It said officers would be working to trace the source of pollution and would take any appropriate enforcement action once the source was identified.
The EA said the water contained high levels of ammonia.
Yvonne Daly, from the EA, said: “The scale is very significant, it is very serious pollution of the river and we do not see this on a regular basis.
“There are thousands of fish which have been killed. This is really serious pollution.
“We will be looking to find who has caused this and will take the relevant enforcement action against them.”
Reports of dead fish have also been received from the Boston area, some 20 miles (32 km) away, it added.
CJ Foran, from Coningsby, said he had never seen anything like it.
“There was a mix of different fish that were gasping and swimming upside down that weren’t dead yet.
“It just leaves you speechless to see that amount of dead fish just floating down the river.”
Andrew Walker, from Woodhall Spa, said there were thousands of dead fish in the river and residents wanted answers.
“We need to know what it is and something needs to be done very urgently.”
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An outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu was found on a poultry farm in General Toshevo in the region of Dobrich, said the press office of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency.
Immediate steps were taken to eradicate the outbreak, in compliance with EU laws, including culling some 140,000 birds. A three-kilometre protection zone and a 10-km observation area around the livestock area were set up, and the trade and movement of domestic, wild and other birds, trade in eggs and hatching eggs, the organisation of fairs, markets, exhibitions or other gatherings of poultry or other birds were banned, the agency said.
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300 dead chickens found floating in the sea off the coast of Trondelag, Norway