Archive | September 26, 2020

Hundreds of livestock dying from Mosquitoes swarms in Louisiana, USA #Livestock #Cattle #Mosquitoes #Louisiana #USA

Livestock Alert

Huge swarms of mosquitoes are draining blood from and killing livestock in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura swept through the state.

The mosquitoes, which were pushed from Louisiana swamps as a result of the storm, are draining blood from deer and cattle, as well as a few goats and horses, who become exhausted from blood loss and die, veterinarian Craig Fontenot told the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.

“They can’t get enough oxygen,” Fontenot explained.

Farmers in a five-parish area east and northeast of the parishes where the storm made its landfall Aug. 27 have probably lost 300 to 400 cattle, said Dr. Craig Fontenot, a large-animal veterinarian based in Ville Platte.

A deer rancher lost about 30 of his 110 animals, many of which already had been sold, Fontenot said.

“He’s saying it’s over $100,000 he lost,” the veterinarian said.

Jeremy Hebert, an LSU AgCenter agent in Acadia Parish, said the mosquito population “just exploded in the southwest part of the state,” and spraying programs appear to help, according to LSU.

“The spraying has dropped the populations tremendously. It’s made a night-and-day difference,” he said.

Fans and coverings could also help, though coverings could cause heat stress, said AgCenter extension veterinarian Dr. Christine Navarre.

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Hundreds of dead fish wash up on North Myrtle Beach in Cherry Grove, South Carolina, USA #Fish #CherryGrove #SouthCarolina #USA

Fish Kill Alert

Officials in North Myrtle Beach are looking into why a number of dead fish washed up on the beach.

The look, and smell, of the beach in Cherry Grove has returned to normal, but one pair of visitors said it wasn’t exactly how they dreamed of spending their last day of vacation.

“We came down to set the stuff up on the beach, and there were hundreds of fish,” said vacationer Ben Caswell. “From as far as I could walk that way to as far as I could walk this way.”

Ben and Susan Caswell have come down to North Myrtle Beach for vacation each of the past several years.

Seeing a line of dead fish on the shore, was a first for them.

“The smell’s not very good either, especially when they started raking them and the smell from the tractor going by. It was pretty gross,” said Caswell.

The city of North Myrtle Beach spent several hours going up and down the shore collecting the dead fish with a tractor.

“I was able to determine it was Atlantic menhaden,” said Department of Natural Resources Assistant Marine Biologist Joey Ballenger. “That seems to be the only species that was effected is Atlantic menhaden.”

Ballenger said menhaden are a common, schooling fish all the way up and down the Atlantic Coast.

When he started seeing pictures of the issue, his first thought was to check the dissolved oxygen in the water.

“We have gauges on the Cherry Grove Pier and Apachee Pier monitoring the [dissolved oxygen], and at least at those locations, it does not appear that the dissolved oxygen got low enough to cause a mortality event,” said Ballenger.

Ballenger added that if it was a dissolved oxygen issue, there’d likely be more than one species of fish affected.

He doesn’t know for sure what could have caused it, but he does have an idea.

“Potentially a troller or a fisherman offshore interacting with a large school,” said Ballenger. “There could be a mortality event associated with that, and then washing up. I can’t say exactly what caused it for sure.”

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Dozens of sea birds found dead along the coast in Lochaber, Scotland #Birds #Lochaber #Scotland

Bird Alert

A Lochaber resident has highlighted what she has described as an “environmental health crisis” at Caol Beach after coming across more than 30 dead birds over the course of her 15-minute walk.

Lise Mitchell Noble took to social media to highlight the issue and to warn others living nearby of the carcasses on the shoreline.

She has said she counted at least 30 guillemot as well as razorbills and gulls during her walk and is flagging the find to environmental health and Highland Council over potential contamination on the shoreline.

The birds were discovered along the beach below Caol Post Office heading towards the canal locks at Corpach.

Miss Mitchell Noble said: “Our initial reaction was it may be an issue with contamination.

“It was so alien to see that many birds dead.

“As far as we could tell from an untrained eye, the birds didn’t look unhealthy other than the fact they were dead.

“There is nothing there that raised suspicion. There was no fishing line or no injuries and their bodies looked kind of normal.

“Some people have said it is an issue with birds getting blown off course and others have said it is to do with birds becoming attracted to the coastline because of the light. Others have said they are underweight and there is not a lot of food for them so it is flagging up a lot of questions.

“Regardless of what it is, none of those sound particularly positive and I don’t think it is a good thing that there are that many dead birds in such a short stretch.

“Seeing one or two would not be as big a shock but this was just as the tide had changed so they had just come in from sea.

“There were none that we could see that were alive that we could help.

“I have reported this to environmental health and the local council.

“Other people may wish to go for a walk there too, maybe even with young children and dogs so it is about making sure they are safe to do that.

“We were just shocked. We couldn’t believe what was going on. It is quite concerning.

“Your immediate thought is ‘have they been poisoned’, ‘is there contamination somewhere’, ‘is it safe for dogs and young kids to be here’.

“We are hoping for some clarity on what has happened here.”

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Almost 30,000 cows have died in Camagüey, Cuba #Cows #Camagüey #Cuba

Livestock Alert

Almost 30,000 cows perished in Camagüey until the end of July, 4,000 more than in the same period in 2019 and most of them due to malnutrition.

According to the official Adelante, only in the first seven months of the year 29,407 cows perished, 58% from hunger, which represents 4,212 animals more than last year.

Although the government does not have the sufficient capacity to properly maintain and exploit livestock, it prefers to hoard and lose them as a drain on hunger or thirst than to let Cubans use their meat or trade it in their own way to earn enough to support the rest.

Cuban breeders face the strict control of the regime, which although it does not give them anything to feed them or for other care that the animals require, they demand their quota and do not allow them to trade with them or their products, such as milk.

Meanwhile, despite the huge amount of cattle on the island, beef is practically prohibited in the territory’s stores and markets and when it is offered, it is in foreign currency stores with extremely inaccessible prices and it is also imported .

Although Camagüey is one of the provinces with the highest volume of livestock in Cuba, it is going through a great crisis in both milk and meat production.

Of the 161,449 cows of reproductive age in the region, only 74,995 are being milked, which represents 46%.

On the other hand, of the total number of cows and heifers of reproductive age, only 34% are in the artificial insemination program.

On the other hand, in the peasant sector, which owns 80% of these animals, only 23% are currently inseminated, while the rest get pregnant with free riding, but in many cases the bulls do not have good genetic conditions, also due to their bad nutrition.

Camagüeyan cattle farmers “owe” more than 13 million liters of milk to the industry so far, because after two years in which they have averaged approximately 90 million liters, this year they barely reach 75 million from an initial commitment of 88 millions.

The poor infrastructure of the Cuban food industry makes livestock farmers dependent on weather conditions, since cattle only eat grass, so in times of drought they run out of water and food, while hunger also affects them in case of storms.

This year’s drought has wreaked havoc on livestock, because if one of these animals stops drinking water for 24 hours it loses 10% of its body mass and after 72 hours its situation is classified as “impoverished”.

Of the 13 municipalities of Camagüey, only Sierra de Cubitas and Céspedes meet the agreed figures, while Guáimaro, Sibanicú, Jimaguayú and Camagüey are the most lagging behind.

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Mass die off of fish in a lake in Quang Ninh, Vietnam #Fish #QuangNinh #Vietnam

Fish Kill Alert

On the morning of September 8 2020, the phenomenon of floating dead fish is in the decomposition process, causing the lake water to turn dark, stinking.

The phenomenon of abnormal fish death in Yet Kieu regulating lake (Yet Kieu ward, Ha Long city, Quang Ninh) took place nearly this week with large numbers. Fish corpses are formed into plaques, are decomposing causing stench causing pollution in the neighborhood.

Many households living around this lake, because they cannot stand the stench, have to close all day …

According to people living around the lake area, this place is usually a place for walking and sports every afternoon. However, almost this week, no one came because they could not stand the stench rising from the lake surface.

“Every day, the more dead fish emerge, the more and more the fish decompose the flies and the flies are soaked, they smell terrible. My house has to close the door for meals because we cannot stand the smell”, Mr. H.Đ. T (people of Yet Kieu ward) complained.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Yet Kieu ward Ngo Van Ich said that the cause of the dead fish is unknown. The ward sent forces and people to pick up dead fish and destroy them. However, fish death is still going on.

“Currently, the force is still only able to pick up the fish that have washed ashore, and still died in the middle of the lake, there is no boat to pick up. The ward also reported to the Quang Ninh Department of Natural Resources and Environment, on September 8, took a water sample to check. but it was raining so it was impossible, “Ich said.

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Hundreds of dead fish wash up along Yellowstone River in Montana, USA #Fish #YellowstoneRiver #Montana #USA

Fish Kill Alert

Hundreds of dead mountain whitefish have washed ashore the Yellowstone River in Montana, launching an investigation into the cause of death.

Although the mortality has yet to be confirmed, park officials speculate the fish died due to proliferative kidney disease (PKD) – a parasite found lurking in the waters.

Biologists on the case have counted around 200 bodies along the river between Big Timber and Livingston.

Incident reports began at the end of August, with the largest group discovered over a nine-mile stretch – a total of 149 dead fish were collected.

Proliferative kidney disease can be spotted by a swollen kidney and spleen, along with pale gills – all of which results in the fish becoming anemic.

The mountain whitefish is a slender silver creature found in the rivers and streams of Yellowstone, and favors deep pools and clean, clear water.

Park officials note that this fish is also very sensitive to pollution.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) noted that reports of dead fish began to surface at the end of August.

Biologists investigating the deaths have since observed hundreds of more across several areas of the river that stretches 700 miles through Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota.

The team spotted seven in one day over about nine miles from the Springdale Bridge Fishing Access Site to the Grey Bear Fishing Access Site, upstream from Big Timber.

The following day, 149 dead whitefish were found between the Pig Farm Fishing Access Site and the Springdale Bridge Fishing Access Site, downstream of Livingston.

And then they counted 38 dead whitefish over 20 miles between the Pine Creek Fishing Access Site and the Highway 89 Bridge Fishing Access Site, upstream from Livingston.

‘FWP will continue to monitor conditions on the Yellowstone River,’ the statement reads.

‘At this time, no closures or restrictions are expected for the Yellowstone River or its tributaries.

A similar incident occurred in 2016 at the park that forced officials to close a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River.

However, at this time there were thousands of dead fish washing up on the shore.

‘This kill is unprecedented in magnitude. We haven’t seen something like this in Montana,’ Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokeswoman Andrea Jones said in 2016.

Wildlife officials have documented more than 2,000 dead mountain whitefish and believe the total number killed is in the tens of thousands.

The closure was put in place to stop fishing, rafting and other activities prevent the spread of the parasite, which may be the solution to the current problem if the death toll continues to rise. has contacted Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for comment and has yet to receive a response.

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Mass die off of fish in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA #Fish #LakeCharles #Louisiana #USA

Fish Kill Alert

After heavy rainfall brought in by Hurricane Laura, fish in Lake Charles are another victim of Hurricane Laura.

Rainfall water can carry high amounts of dissolved oxygen into large bodies of water via hurricanes.

The dissolved oxygen can cause life under water to suffocate.

Therefore, large amounts of fish in Lake Charles are showing up dead.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are investigating a fish kill in Lake Charles, due to Hurricane Laura.

The department is researching what species “are impacted and the extent of the fish kill.”

The high winds and rains of a hurricane can also kill fish.

Cool and warm waters mixing at a fast pace can also significantly lower oxygen levels and cause fish kills, according to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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MAGNITUDE 2.0 CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION #earthquake #CanaryIslands #Spain

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Depth: 25 km

Distances: 46 km S of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain / pop: 222,000 / local time: 19:26:27.6 2020-09-26

26 km E of Granadilla de Abona, Spain / pop: 39,900 / local time: 19:26:27.6 2020-09-26

MAGNITUDE 2.7 SPAIN #earthquake #Spain

Subject to change
Depth: 15 km

Distances: 55 km ESE of Ourense, Spain / pop: 107,000 / local time: 19:38:47.5 2020-09-26

21 km SSE of Pobra de Trives, Spain / pop: 2,100 / local time: 19:38:47.5 2020-09-26