Archive | June 8, 2018

30,000 dead fish wash up in a harbor in Baltimore, USA

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Thousands of dead fish have ended up in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and experts still aren’t sure why.
“We got first reports on Friday afternoon around–between Key Bridge and Fort McHenry, and by Saturday it spread to the Lighthouse Point Marina near Canton,” according to Blue Water Baltimore’s Waterkeeper Angela Haren.
Maryland’s Department of Environment estimates as many as 30,000 fish died, nearly all of them Atlantic menhaden. In the past, fish kills have been triggered by algae blooms, which use up all the dissolved oxygen in the water, but not this time.
“We’re still doing testing,” Haren said. “At this point, it looks like there’s no harmful algae bloom.”
MDE has also been testing the water and can find no pollution source that would cause a fish kill, which brings the focus onto the menhaden themselves.
“Because most of the species affected are just one type of fish, that leads us to believe it might be some type of disease, but again we’re still investigating,” Haren said.
Birds have already removed most of the fish from the harbor.
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6.4 TONS of dead fish washed up on beaches in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Urban Cleaning Company (Comlurb) collected 6.4 tons of dead sardines in Guanabara Bay and the sands of Governador Island beaches on Saturday (28).
Comlurb said in a statement that it has mobilized a 16 garis, a compactor truck and a polycube to do the cleaning on the premises. The State Environmental Institute (Inea) has informed that it will send a team to inspect the region. According to the agency, the “situation is due to the discarding of fishing boats”.
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50 dead dolphins have washed ashore in past two months on coast of Crimea

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On the south-eastern coast of the Crimea , the dolphins continue to be massively thrown ashore. According to the marine biologists of the “Serene Sea” project, created to protect the Black Sea dolphins, more than 50 dead dolphins have been thrown out of the sea since the beginning of March this year. Scientists did not name the exact cause of the mass death of Red Book mammals.
Kerch activists of the NGO “Republican Anti-Corruption Bureau”, referring to Kerch environmentalists, argue that the mass death of dolphins can be associated with the uninterrupted destruction of the Lower Churbash tailing dam. The Nizhne-Churbash tailing pond is a hydraulic structure intended for burial of toxic waste tailings formed during the enrichment of iron ore.
Andrei Artov, deputy head of the republican public organization “Ecology and Peace” on the contrary, argues that the death of dolphins is associated with fishing.
“Virtually all the dead dolphins thrown ashore, died in the nets. Up to 95% of them die in this way. The probability of poisoning is extremely small. The dolphin is one of the highest biological life forms in the sea. If there was a water contamination, then more primitive species would first have to die. As far as I know, this does not happen, so you should not worry, “the biologist noted.
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1,500 cattle dead due to wildfires in Oklahoma, USA

Livestock Alert
An estimated 1,500 head of cattle have died following wildfires in Oklahoma that have burned for nearly two weeks, and that projection could increase.
Reports from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture earlier in the week projected that 1,100 cattle had died from the Rhea and 34 Complex wildfires that have burned in northwest Oklahoma since April 12.
The first estimate was probably a little low, says Rod Hall, state veterinarian for Oklahoma, who helped put together the original projection. Hall believes at least 1,500 head of cattle died because of the fires after speaking with more ranchers in the area, and he thinks it could go up to 2,500 head.
Hall visited Dewey and Woodward County with a task force to assess damage from the fires. This region of Oklahoma has seen fires the past two years with the Starbuck and Anderson Creek fires both starting in the northwest part of the state.
Last year the Starbuck Fire was estimated to have killed more than 3,000 cattle in Oklahoma alone. It killed almost double that amount in Kansas. This year the losses shouldn’t be as high.
“These fires burned almost as much land as the one did last year (in Oklahoma), but this area that the fires were in this year has a little more wheat pasture,” Hall says.
Wheat pasture in the area has been exceptionally dry due to drought so many cattle were removed early in the grazing season. The Rhea and 34 Complex wildfires also started a month after the fires in previous years.
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Mass die off of penguins continuing along the coast of New Zealand

A little blue penguin washed up on Mount Maunganui Main Beach. Photo / George Novak
A little blue penguin washed up on Mount Maunganui Main Beach. Photo / George Novak
Marine advocates are calling a large number of little blue penguins washing up along the Bay of Plenty coastline the “biggest penguin die-off in many years”.
The Department of Conservation (DoC) Tauranga office had answered an average of five calls each week since February, and Western Bay Wildlife Trust’s Julia Graham said the trust had 58 calls about dead penguins in two weeks.
“All of the penguins were dead, or died within a short time of arriving on land,” Graham said.
Hundreds of shearwaters, petrels, prions, shags and penguins, including dead poisonous pufferfish, were reported to have washed up along the coastline in January this year.
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TONS of dead sea worms wash ashore in Los Lagos, Chile

Photo By Guido Miranda | RBB
Tons of sea ​​worms or pinucas beached on the beach of Carelmapu, Los Lagos region.
A very uncomfortable situation is the one lived by the inhabitants of the locality, by the harmful algae that would be killing a series of marine species.
The phenomenon occurs on the coast of the sector, near the facilities of the port and the urban area, where tons of these species remain dead and in a state of putrefaction .
The inhabitants are asking for the intervention of the organisms, in order to give it a treatment that minimizes this problem.
One of the solutions could be to bury this waste, however, neighbors say that with the rotation of tides every time the sea expels more specimens towards the beach.
Recall that this phenomenon occurred with greater force during this weekend, which, according to authorities, would be attributable to the noxious algae called “Karenia”.
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Hundreds of dead fish wash ashore on Lake Conjola, Australia

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The discovery of hundreds of dead mullet and whiting in the lake, near Cunjurong Point boat ramp, follow the lake’s closure in recent weeks. 
Residents speculated dredging that did not mimic the natural flow of the waterway was to blame for the fish deaths.
The Department of Primary Industries has been contacted for comment.
The lake was dredged in early 2016, but has since closed to the ocean again. Conjola Community Association publicity officer Kristen Bird said finding the dead fish was “sad”. 
“It is another natural disaster because of the condition of the lake entrance,” she said. “It looks a bit third world. 
“It happened last time it was closed before they dredged it with sea rays and they all died. It is affecting the fish in the lake when the lake is closed, obviously.”
Ms Bird said the natural causeway of the lake needed to be “scoured” regularly. 
“Because of various weather phenomenons, it has needed some assistance and I don’t think the assistance that has been given in recent times was correct,” she said.
“I think an ongoing scouring to help it find it’s natural causeway is the answer. 
“The most recent dredging lasted about two summers, and it did give the lake a good flushing out, but it was never going to last because they went a way the lake doesn’t naturally flow. They dredged along the northern shoreline, but the lake flows more to the southern shoreline.”
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34 km E of San Bernardino, United States / pop: 210,000 / local time: 13:53:48.3 2018-06-08
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