Archive | December 27, 2019

Dozens of dead #birds fall from sky in #Lombardo #Toledano, #Mexico

This morning dozens of birds appeared dead in Lombardo Toledano and almost crossed with John Paul II. This bird species is known as yellow-headed thrush and as a yellow-breasted chanate.

During the winter they fly south and one of their destinations is Chihuahua. In various parts of the city of Chihuahua, such as in Deportiva and areas of the Peripheral Youth.

Some of the birds that were dead in the area were run over and crushed by cars that circulated around the scene.

Municipal staff arrived to the place and commented that possibly the cause of his death was due to poisoning. However, it is not yet known what caused the death of this dozen birds.

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Millions of dead #mussels wash up on #Cheynes Beach, #Australia

Thousands of tiny green mussels and a red starfish washed ashore on a beach

PHOTO: Thousands of molluscs washed ashore last week at Cheynes Beach on Western Australia’s south coast. (Supplied: Raeline Smith)

Thousands of small green mussel shells were strewn across more than 1 kilometre of beach, with authorities warning people to exercise caution while swimming or fishing at the popular tourist spot because it may contain high levels of bacteria.

There are also a small number of other species on the shore, including starfish.

Last week’s scene shocked many local residents.

Ian Haskin, who is the assistant manager of the Cheynes Beach Caravan Park and also a marine biologist, said he had never seen anything like it.

“There’d be millions, a lot of small ones,” he said.

“The ocean was really putting on a show the day they turned up, there was a big easterly with quite big swells.”

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Thousands of dead #fish found in a lake in #NewSouthWales, #Australia

Fish Kill Alert

Another mass fish kill event has been spotted in far western NSW, nine months after millions of fish were found dead on the nearby banks of the Darling River.

New aerial footage appeared to show thousands of dead fish at Lake Pamamaroo in the Menindee Lakes System, near Broken Hill.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is yet to confirm the new kill and said in a statement it would be investigating, but the remote location would make verifying the mass kill extremely difficult.

The department said mass kills were more likely to happen throughout the summer as the ongoing drought placed increased stress on aquatic populations.

The sight of millions of dead fish floating belly-up and rotting in the sun, prompted desperate pleas by fishers and farmers and shocked Australians last summer.

But Professor Richard Kingsford, director of the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of NSW, flew over the area on Monday and said he doubted the footage showed the current state of the lake.

“We flew across Lake Pamamaroo and we didn’t see any water along the lake,” he said.

“We didn’t fly across all of it, but it looked like it had been dry for quite a while.”

Professor Kingsford said he did not see dead fish in the area.

Darry Clifton from the Darling River Action Group said he was not surprised by another apparent fish kill.

“There’s thousands upon thousands from what I can see around the edge of that water area,” he told the ABC.

“The fish are trapped, they’ve got nowhere to go, there’s nowhere for the fish to follow the old creeks back to the actual outlet for the river.”

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Thousands of dead fish, crabs and shrimps found in Murcia, Spain

Fish Kill Alert

THE Mar Menor lagoon in Murcia is in a ‘critical condition’ following the devastating Gota Fria floods, the regional government has warned.

Thousands of fish and crustaceans have died after suffocating due to the change in the water’s properties following last month’s flooding.

According to the regional environment minister, Antonio Luengo, scientists and experts are desperately trying to find ways to inject oxygen into the coastal lagoon, which is the largest of its kind in Europe.

It comes after 60 hectometres of fresh water carrying sediments poured into the Mar Menor, leaving the lower layers without oxygen.

This so-called ‘dead water’ now spreads over 210 hectares.

Jose Garcia Varias from the World Wildlife Foundation tweeted: “Thousands of fishes, crabs, shrimps dead in Mar Menor (Murcia), the biggest coastal lagoon in Europe.

“The situation right now is critical, fishers association of SSF has decided to close the fisheries, thousands of European eels are dead in the coast line (an endangered species which finds refuge in the Mar Menor).”

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Massive die off of #mussels ‘baffle scientists’ in various states across #USA

A variety of recently dead freshwater mussels at Wallens Bend, Tennessee, in the Clinch River.

A variety of recently dead freshwater mussels at Wallens Bend, Tennessee, in the Clinch River. Photograph: Meagan Racey, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Mussels, the backbone of the river ecosystem because they control silt levels and filter water, are facing a mysterious affliction

Each fall since 2016, wildlife biologist Jordan Richard has returned to the same portion of the Clinch River in Tennessee, braced for the worst – tens of thousands of newly dead mussel shells gleaming from the surface of the water.

The mass die-off isn’t recognizable at first. But once Richard sees the first freshwater mussel, which look quite different to their marine cousins of moules frite fame, he scans the river and finds another every five to 10 seconds.

“The smell will knock you off your feet,” Richard said. “You see what was a healthy looking river, but now there’s just dead bodies scattered everywhere.”

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Massive amount of dead #fish wash up in a harbour in #Muscat, #Oman

Fish Kill Alert

Residents near Marina Bandar Al Rawdha woke up on Friday morning to an astonishing sight: a large stretch of the shore was littered with thousands of dead fish. The Muscat Municipality began cleanup and rescue operations as soon as they were notified of the situation.

According to a statement issued by Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, lack of oxygen in the water is believed to be the cause of the incident. “The main cause of death of the fish was that a large number of fish entered the semi-closed area, that led to the depletion of oxygen in the region and lead to the death,” said Dr.

Abdullah Al Nahdi, the Head of Marine and Fisheries Science Center at the Ministry.

The quantity of dead drone fish ranged from six to eight tonnes. “Upon laboratory analysis of the samples, it was found that there was no red tide or phytoplankton bloom phenomena,” he pointed out.

According to Al Nahdi, a similar incident happened in port of Sidab years ago. “This is a natural case and nothing to worry about and it is rare repetition of a case from the port of Sidab, which witnessed a similar incident years ago.”

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Thousands of dead #fish wash up ‘due to #pollution’ in #Manila, #Philippines

Fish Kill Alert

Polluted water has been blamed for the massive fish kill that lined the shores of the cities of Las Pinas and Paranaque in Southern Metro Manila in recent days.

According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), tests conducted on water samples collected from the two cities showed low amounts of dissolved oxygen and other imbalances.

“The water quality test conducted in three sampling areas by BFAR’s National Fisheries Laboratory Division and BFAR 4A [Region 4A or the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon corridor] shows poor levels of dissolved oxygen and higher levels of ammonia and phosphates than the standard level,” BFAR said in a statement.

On October 9, residents were surprised to find thousands of dead fish washed up on the shores of Las Pinas’ Long Island, and Paranaque’s Freedom Island, which are marine protected areas.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar ordered BFAR on the following day to assess the water quality in the area. Authorities were also able to collect about two tonnes of dead fish from the shores of the two cities.

Reports said that among the fish species found washed up on the shores were asuhos (silago), kanduli (marine catfish), butete (blowfish), sapsap (ponyfish), tilapia and barracuda.

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17 #whales stranded, 11 dead on #Sabu Island, #Indonesia

Seventeen whales stranded on Sabu Island, 11 dead

Local people recently observe several stranded whales. (Antara/Ampelsa)

Seventeen whales became stranded on Menia Beach in West Sabu, Sabu Raijua regency, East Nusa Tenggara, on Thursday with 11 of them dying, possibly from the severe wounds all over their bodies.

“The wounds could have been caused by the corals along Menia Beach,” Sabu Raijua Police chief Comr. Samuel Simbolon told The Jakarta Post, Thursday.

He said the whales were found stranded on the beach at about 1 p.m. local time, promptly attracting locals to see them. Some people went down to the beach to use speedboats to try to help the mammals return to the sea. Others helped recover the dead ones.

Six of the whales could be rescued and returned to the ocean while 11 others did not survive. With the help of locals, the regency’s marine and fishery agency released the six from the shallow water during high tide. They also buried the dead ones.

“We have yet to know why the whales were stranded,” Samuel said, adding that such strandings often took place on Sabu Island. The whales were migrating through the Indian Ocean before they got stranded there.

At least 50 whales were recorded to have become stranded on Sabu Island over the last seven months. In 2012, 44 whales were found stranded along the beach in Deme village, Liae district, Sabu Raijua. Of those 44 whales, 41 did not survive.

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96,000 #cattle dead due to #drought in #Mexico

Livestock Alert

According to the report that the cattle unions have, both from the north and from the center-south of the state, the number of heads of cattle killed by the drought amounts to 96 thousand, which is equivalent to eight percent of the cattle herd.

Arnoldo Amaya, president of the Regional Livestock Union of the North, said that according to the numbers that were taking a few days ago among all livestock groups, we can talk about eight percent of the cattle herd lost due to drought.

Most of the dead cattle are found in the northern part of the state where the rains were minimal.

He clarified that they do not want to talk about numbers of dead animals, they are only based on percentages, eight out of every 100 animals have died from drought.

In Durango the cattle herd, recognized by the state, federal authorities and the livestock associations themselves, is one million 200 thousand heads. This means that eight percent represent 96 thousand cattle.

Although the problem of livestock mortality has stopped due to the little rain that has fallen, in the north of the state there are still municipalities with little water.

“Unfortunately, due to the low humidity, the grass that has already left will end before the end of the year, so the dry season is going to be practically since January,” said Arnoldo Amaya.

And that is where the producers of both the social sector and large farmers will begin to present problems of mortality, especially the first ones that have the least resources.

He explained that the major crisis in the livestock sector is going to be felt since January, especially because there will be no grass, and the little that remains, because of its size, is going to dry or burn with frost.

In addition, the low temperatures that are recorded will hit strongly in the cattle that when presenting feeding problems, they will get sick faster.

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