Archive | July 4, 2019

Hundreds of dead #fish found in #RiverLea in #Clapton, #UK

Fish Kill Alert

“Hundreds” of dead fish have been spotted in the River Lea around Clapton over the bank holiday weekend, sparking an investigation by environment chiefs.

The source of the pollution is not yet known, but the Environment Agency (EA) has denied the deaths were caused by water run off from the huge warehouse fire in Tottenham on Thursday night.

Workers have set up equipment at Pymmes Brook, the source of a devastating oil spill last year, to increase oxygen levels in the water.

Gerard Hastings is moored in Clapton and woke up on Saturday to see the dead fish floating down the river by Walthamstow Marshes.

“Something major has obviously happened up river,” he said. “I think it’s a serious issue.”

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5 grey #whales wash up #dead in #BritishColumbia, #Canada

Grey whales beached off Boundary Bay

A fifth grey whale has been found dead on British Columbia’s coast in what one research biologist says could be a trend towards of record-setting deaths even as the species does “well” overall.

John Calambokidis of the Cascadia Research Collective based in Olympia, Wash., said Tuesday that 23 grey whales have been found dead this year in his state, and the dead greys are all found along the same migratory route. He said he isn’t involved in studying the whales found dead in Canada.

Those deaths bring the total number of carcasses found along the migration route from California to Alaska up to 70, according to figures from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

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Dozens of #monkeys #dying due to #heat in #Veracruz, #Mexico

Howler monkeys from Veracruz are found dead due to the heat 

Howler monkeys from Veracruz are found dead due to the heat

More and more species from Mexico and around the world are affected by climate change, these changes in the planet that leads to death.

Just a couple of weeks ago this medium reported that hundreds of birds in the state of San Luis Potosí, were falling dead due to rising temperatures and lack of water.

Well now the affected fauna is the howler monkey from the jungle of Veracruz. At least 10 of these monkeys have been found dead on the branches of trees or among fallen leaves, and that is that temperatures exceeded 40 degrees.

The drought of just over three months in the jungle of southern Veracruz has caused great damage, not only in crops and livestock, but in the life of the habitat.

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Hundreds of #cattle dead due to the worst #drought in 30 years in #Tabasco, #Mexico

Livestock Alert

The Los Ríos area of the southeastern Mexican state of Tabasco is suffering the worst drought in the last 30 years , causing an 80 percent stoppage in agricultural activity and heavy losses for livestock .

The largest river in Mexico, the Usumacinta , registers historically low levels, while in Balancán and Tenosique, municipalities bordering Guatemala , the arid landscape extends over the plain over crops and killing the herd of hunger and thirst that exceeds 390 thousand heads

The cracked earth is visible in large areas, with crops of sorghum and corn that remain standing, but without life, and there is no fishing for the drying of the rivers.

In the ranches, the jagüeyes-deep pools of water-are full of mud, and near them abound the dead and dying carcasses.

Balancán, one of the municipalities that make up the Los Ríos area, authorities attribute the balance to the absence of rain.

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Hundreds of sea #birds found dead along the coast of #Mendocino, #California, #USA

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Starting on Wednesday, May 22, hundreds of Common Murres, an ocean-going bird native to the Pacific Coast from the Channel Islands to the tip of the Aleutians in Alaska, have been reported washed up dead or dying on beaches along a 10-mile stretch of coastline in Mendocino County between Noyo Bay and Seaside Beach.

Local wildlife observers say it’s too early to tell what is causing the die-off.

The Common Murre looks a little like a penguin, but is more closely related to terns or gulls. It spends most of its time in the water. Murres can and do fly, but like penguins, they maneuver best in the water. Normally, the likelihood of a casual beachgoer seeing one ashore is slim.

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#Penguins, #SeaLions, #turtle and several dead #birds appeared on the coast of #JoséIgnacio, #Uruguay

Against the tide

Photo: SOS Marine Fauna Rescue of Punta Colorada

“There were 28 dead penguins, three sea lions, one large turtle and several birds, petrels and albatross, scattered in 50 meters of shore of a beach of José Ignacio,” explained Richard Tesore, head of the NGO SOS Rescate Fauna Marina .

“A couple of penguins had some oil, the rest were healthy, it is thought that some animals had arrived alive and then some stray dogs killed them, since they had blood in the neck area,” he added.

In addition, the beaches of Rocha and Canelones also had the appearance of dead animals in their coasts, according to El País and confirmed Montevideo Portal.

“It is a very bad situation, we raise some bodies to do necropsies and the idea is to reveal reports to the authorities to find out if there is an answer,” concluded Tesore.

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Record-Breaking Sea #Turtles Strand on #Texas Coast, #USA

The number of sea turtle strandings along the Texas coastline reached the highest number ever recorded in one month during April and May, the height of sea turtle nesting season.

A total of 159 stranded sea turtles were recorded in April—the highest number of strandings in one month since monitoring began in 1980. Strandings are continuing at a rapid pace, and the latest data shows 186 turtles stranded in Texas through May 21. Most of the turtles were dead when found.

Among those found were 68 dead Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, the Texas state sea turtle and the world’s most endangered sea turtle with a nesting population of between 7,000 and 9,000 female turtles. The death of even one Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is of grave concern.

While further analysis is needed to determine the cause of the high number of sea turtle strandings, local sea turtle conservation nonprofit Turtle Island Restoration Network is concerned sea turtles are interacting with illegal fishing vessels in the area.

“We know turtles are drowning in illegal longline and gillnet fishing operations along the United States-Mexico border in southern Texas,” said Turtle Island Restoration Network Gulf Program Director Joanie Steinhaus. “We need government agencies on both sides of the border to make this a priority. The reasons for stranding may be different in other areas like along the upper Texas coast, but the numbers are still alarming.”

A stranded sea turtle is one that is found on land or in the water that is dead, injured, or exhibits any indication of ill health or abnormal behavior. It is often difficult to determine why a turtle strands, but turtles that have interacted with fishing vessels have been found with gill net wrapped around their flippers.

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Hundreds of dead #fish washing up in #PayaswiniRiver in #India

Fish Kill Alert

Hundreds of fish are turning up dead at Nedumkayam in the Payaswini River. Kasaragod District Collector D Sajith Babu, taking note of the matter, has directed the Fisheries Department to adopt urgent steps to solve the issue. The Collector had visited the spot before issuing the directive to the Fisheries Department to adopt urgent steps to solve the issue. The Collector had visited the spot before issuing the directive to the Fisheries Deputy Director.

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8 MILLION #salmon dead due to #algae bloom in #Norway

Fish Kill Alert

About eight million farmed salmon have suffocated in northern Norway over the past week as a result of persistent algae bloom, an industry body estimated on Thursday, a blight that some experts suggest has been aggravated by climate change.

Norway is a dominant producer of farmed salmon, and the economic impact of the bloom is significant.

A statement from the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries estimated the amount of salmon lost at 11,600 metric tons, worth about 720 million kroner, or more than $82 million. An industry group, the Norwegian Seafood Council, suggested the total could be much higher.

“Preliminary numbers point to eight million dead fish — corresponding to 40,000 metric tons of salmon that won’t reach markets,” Dag Sorli, a spokesman for the council, said in an email on Thursday. He put the value of the losses at 2.2 billion kroner.

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Nearly 1,000 TONS of #fish dead in a river in #DongNai, #Vietnam

Fish Kill Alert

Nearly 1,000 tonnes of fish have died since last Thursday on the La Ngà River in southern Đồng Nai Province, causing losses of billions of đồng to local fish farming households.

Ngô Tấn Tài, vice chairman of the Định Quán District’s People’s Committee, told Tuổi trẻ (Youth) newspaper that 81 fish farming households from La Ngà and Phú Ngọc communes had reported 977 tonnes of dead fish as of Monday.

The fish, including hemibagrus, red tilapia and carp, were mature and ready to be sold.

Earlier, last Friday, the committee reported there were 16 affected households in the two communes with 330 tonnes of dead fish.

Tài explained that the committee so far still had no final figure and would continue to collect statistics on dead fish from local households to get the most accurate number.

Tài asked the provincial People’s Committee, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to work with relevant agencies to investigate the mass fish deaths.

On May 16, fish farming households found their stock floating on the water after heavy rainfall occurred at about 5am. They showed signs of a lack of oxygen.

The households said they did all they could to save the fish, including using oxygen aerators and pulling fish cages towards lower areas of the river. However, the fish still died en mass.

On May 18, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment required the provincial People’s Committee to take water and fish samples to evaluate the pollution of the river and re-examine wastewater sources being discharged into the river.

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