Masses of dead fish wash ashore in Sao Francisco de Itabapoana, Brazil #fish #SaoFranciscoDeItabapoana #brazil
A large amount of fish was found dead on the shore of Lagoa Doce beach, in São Francisco de Itabapoana, in the north of the state of Rio de Janeiro, this Wednesday morning (1st).
Visitors passing by were surprised by the amount of dead fish on a three-kilometer stretch of the beach, which is close to the Itabapoana River.
This Friday morning (3), technicians from the State Environmental Institute (Inea) go to the site to collect samples for analysis.
The secretary of environment, Luciana Sofiatti, informed that the suspicion is that, with the flood of the Itabapoana River, the fish migrated to the sea and the shock of the fresh water with the saline caused the deaths.
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Up to 40,000 poultry are due to be slaughtered after bird flu was found responsible for the deaths of at least 25,000 turkeys in eastern Poland, according to local media and authorities.
Thursday’s mass slaughter of birds comes in the Lubartow area, an important poultry farming region, Polish veterinary authorities said.
It was not clear how the bird flu virus found its way to the farms.
Poland is Europe’s largest poultry producer, according to data from Eurostat, and last had an outbreak of bird flu in 2017.
Andrzej Danielak, president of the Polish Association of Breeders and Poultry Producers, said three farms might be affected, with up to 350,000 birds at risk in a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) radius.
“Veterinary services are implementing virus eradication procedures in this situation,” local authorities in Lubartow county said in a press release issued on Tuesday, adding that the virus was a subtype of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu that can also threaten people.
The H5N8 strain has not yet infected any humans anywhere in the world to date, according to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service.
The authorities said crisis meetings had been held, while footage from private broadcaster Polsat showed police cars blocking a road in the area.
Poland produces about 17 percent of the European Union’s poultry, and exported more than a million tonnes of bird meat in the first half of 2019 – mostly to Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and France, according to the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
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As it happened in February of last year, this 2020 began with a mortality of fish in the Chambacú lagoon, at the height of the curve where people usually get off the buses and the buses just arrive at the Center.
The strange phenomenon was seen today by passers-by, who when passing near the place felt the strong smell and when looking inside the body of water they observed the hundreds of dead fish.
“I don’t know if those little fish died due to lack of oxygen or some water contamination, but the hedentine that is here is very great,” said orange juice seller Orlando Buriticá, who was worried because until noon today his sales They had been scarce.
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23,000 chickens killed due to avian flu in Yunlin, Taiwan #BirdFlu #AvianFlu #H5N2 #chickens #Taiwan
Over 23,000 chickens on a farm in Yunlin County were culled Wednesday after confirmation a day earlier of an avian flu breakout there, according to the county’s Animal and Plant Disease Center.
The center said in a statement that the slaughter was conducted on the farm in Dounan Township after it was confirmed Tuesday that the farm’s livestock had been struck by the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza.
On Dec. 28, the farm owner reported to the center that some 600 of his chickens had died, the center said.
In 2019, a total of 53 poultry farms in the county were confirmed to have been hit by avian flu, with 289,000 birds culled, compared with 446,000 on 62 local farms in 2018, according to center data.
The center noted that the March-July and November-December periods are the peak seasons in Taiwan for avian flu, a virus that affects chickens, ducks, geese and turkey on farms mostly in central and southern Taiwan.
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500 MILLION animals dead during past 4 months due to bush fires in Australia #BushFires #animals #australia
There are concerns that entire species of plants and animals may have been wiped out by bushfires following estimations that 480 million animals may die as a result of the crisis.
Ecologists from the University of Sydney estimate almost half a billion mammals, birds and reptiles may have been lost since September.
They also say the figure may increase following the devastating fires which have ripped through Victoria and the NSW South Coast over the past couple of days, leaving several people dead or unaccounted for, razing scores of homes and leaving thousands stranded.
The estimation includes animals killed in the fires, but also through loss of habitat.
According to a statement from Sydney University, the co-author of the report, Professor Chris Dickman, a professor in Terrestrial Ecology, based the calulations on a 2007 report for the the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) on the impacts of Land Clearing on Australia Wildlife in NSW.
The university indicated that although these were estimates and there was no way of counting the actual toll, the estimations were obtained from published studies of mammals in NSW and reports of similar habitats in other parts of Australia.
Fires have been raging across NSW and Victoria, with millions of hectares of national park already burnt.
Harrowing scenes of kangaroos fleeing walls of fire, charred bodies of koalas and cockatoos falling dead out of trees have horrified the world as it tries to take in the scale of the unfolding disaster.
Koalas have been among the hardest hit of Australia’s native animals because they are slow moving and only eat leaves from the eucalyptus tree, which are filled with oil, making them highly flammable.
Courtesy of news.com.au