Thousands of dead fish and birds, ‘an ecological catastrophe’ in Lake Koroneia, Greece
The ecological catastrophe did not only concern the death of fish due to suffocation but also birds.
“More extensive than the initial estimate was the ecological destruction of Lake Koronia in September 2019, when there was a massive death of fish, while the risk of another collapse remains.” This was pointed out by Maria Moustaka, Professor of Hydro Botany – Hydroecology at the Department of Biology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, presenting a relevant study at the 7th Environmental Conference of Macedonia, in collaboration with members of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of Thessaly.
“The research was based on a set of results – physico-chemical and biological parameters, satellite data and imaging – from March to September 2019, which do not leave much room for doubt about the cause of the observed phenomena,” he told APE. Ms. Moustaka clarified that the image of the lake is not only due to the climatic factor, such as the drought, which reduced the water level.
“The ecological catastrophe did not only concern the death of fish due to suffocation but also birds, while a significant reduction of biodiversity was observed, even in phytoplankton. “As for the birds, from the skeletons we found, we believe that their death is related to the poor ecological quality of the water”, says Ms. Moustaka.
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