Archive | January 13, 2019

14 turtles found dead on a beaches in Abruzzo, Italy

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It had already happened two years ago, in this same period of the year: at that time the tortoises involved were nine, all of the Caretta caretta species, eight of which (88.9%) died, all found on the beaches of Abruzzo on the 7th January. This year the phenomenon has been repeated, with even worse numbers: in the first week of 2019, more exactly from 4 to 6 January, reported by private citizens and by the personnel of the Coast Guard, along the coasts of Abruzzo and Molise are a total of 19 turtles were found, 14 dead (73.7%) and 5 alive. Signs of anthropogenic interactions such as entrapment and lesions due to propellers or hooks were found on 4 animals. The stranding occurred during a meteorological disturbance that caused heavy storms, that young and inexperienced individuals have not been able to cope with. As foreseen by the regional network for the beaching of cetaceans and turtles, the interventions were carried out by the staff of the Cetacean Study Center, in collaboration with the Veterinary Services of ASL and ASREM, the Coast Guard and the Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Abruzzo. and Molise. “The turtles – explains Dr. Vincenzo Olivieri, director of the Cetacean Study Center of Pescara, which deals precisely with cetaceans and sea turtles – were victims of the intense fishing effort that characterized the days that preceded the holidays of end of the year The big sea of ​​these days has made the waves have transported to the shore the individuals in poor physical condition and those who died, which are obviously not able to resist the violence of the storms. A phenomenon that is unfortunately not unusual: especially in the Adriatic, our Center has for years experienced an intensification of findings in the phases of greater pressure from fishing.

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Thousands of chickens and ducks dead due to bird flu in Can Duoc district, Vietnam

Bird Flu

An H5N1 bird flu outbreak has hit Vietnam’s southern Long An province, killing thousands of chicken and ducks in the Long Son commune, Can Duoc district.

According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the H5N1 virus hit the farms owned by two families in the commune. One of the families lost about 3,600 ducks.

Local government agencies had to cull sick birds, as well as isolate and disinfect areas hit by the disease, tighten control of fowl transport in the affected areas and intensify bird flu vaccination.

Vietnam, however, has no report of new human cases of H5N1 infection since 2014, according to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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4 dead turtles found on beaches in Ubatuba, Brazil

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Turtle lying dead on the Red beach of the Center in Ubatuba this Sunday (6) – Play / Facebook

During the extended holiday of New Year, the Argonauta Institute found four dead turtles in Ubatuba. In addition, two others were rescued with injuries and sent to treatment at the Tamar Project.

According to the Argonauta Institute, the animals were found between the 2nd and 6th of January. Among the dead, three were of the species Green Turtles and one of the species Turtle-headed. They were found on Ubatumirim beaches (day 2), Prumirim Island (day 4), Itaipu (day 5) and Red Center (day 6).

The sea turtles rescued with injuries, but alive, were found in Praia Grande (day 3) and Iperoig beach (day 5). The two were referred for treatment at the Ubatuba Tamar Project.

Some of the bodies of the dead turtles were in an advanced state of decomposition, it being impossible to identify the reason for death. The possible bodies to be evaluated were for necropsy at the Center for Marine Animal Rehabilitation and De-treatment of the Argonauta Institute, in Ubatuba.

None of them had the cause of death evident or conclusive. Materials were collected and sent for analysis. According to biologist and coordinator of the Institute, Carla Beatriz Barbosa, even without any apparent reason for death, garbage on the beaches and discarded in the sea is the main villain of the turtles.

“Unfortunately, the increase in litter, interaction with fishing and the increase in the traffic of vessels are factors that greatly harm these animals, thus leading many to death,” says Carla. Also according to the coordinator, in 3 years were found more than 6 thousand dead turtles on the beaches of the North Coast.

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About 1 MILLION fish die along 40km of river in New South Wales, Australia

Fish Kill Alert

Up to a million fish have died along a 40-kilometre stretch of the Darling River in far west New South Wales, in an event the State Government has described as “distressing”.

The mass killing at Menindee, near Broken Hill, came after a similar incident in the same part of the river less than a month ago.

According to the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), toxic blue green algae is again to blame.

Native species including bony bream, Murray cod and perch, are among those affected.

DPI’s Fisheries Manager Iain Ellis said the event was unprecedented.

“I’ve never seen two fish kills of this scale so close together in terms of time, especially in the same stretch of river,” he said.

“In both cases it’s when the algal bloom has been disrupted.

“The first time due to a storm, and in this case, by the cold front that went through.”

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Hundreds of dead fish washing up along a stream in Carapegua, Paraguay

Fish Kill Alert

The denounce of massive fish and fingerling deaths was filed by Prof. Lorenzo Miranda , who regretted that once more fish are dying in the Caañabé stream , presumably due to the unconsciousness of the owners of a distillery located in the city of Sapucái.

He asked that those who contaminate the streams be investigated and punished, because several people draw fish from the stream for the daily food of their families.

Also, Councilman Alberto Virgilli and municipal councilor Margarita Miró went to the place and agreed that they are going to inform the Municipal Board about the death of fish.

In addition, there were agents of Criminalistics of the Police Directorate of Paraguarí, who took samples of water in a jar, made photographs and videos that were later turned over to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, under the prosecutor Darío Villagra .

The Caañabé stream is located in the buffer zone of the Ypoá lake wetlands and its contamination represents a great risk for the natural reserve that our country has, so its preservation is everyone’s responsibility and warrants a thorough investigation of the case to identify those who break the law, explained Councilor Miró.

The head of the Directorate of Supervision of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (Mades), Julio Marecos , said that just this morning they had knowledge of what is happening in the stream Caañabé and that they will communicate it to their superiors to know what determination They will assume about it.

In September 2012, the Municipal Board and the Intendancy of Carapeguá, due to the massive fish mortality, had declared an environmental emergency for 90 days, but it was not fully investigated who were the culprits.

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