Archive | April 4, 2021

600 dead birds found in Patiala, India

A few days ago, nearly 600 poultry birds were found lying dead in Rakhra village of Patiala district following which samples were sent for testing.

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Thousands of dead fish wash ashore in Guasave, Mexico

Fish Kill Alert

Terrible the panorama that was appreciated this Monday in Bellavista beach in the municipality of Guasave where thousands of fish, apparently sardines , flooded the sand for three kilometers.

Walkers from the receivership of La Brecha who went to the resort were able to document through a video recorded with their cell phone, the impact that high seas fishermen who circulate in the maritime zone off the coast of Guasavense are apparently committing .

When questioned in this regard, some fishermen in the area say that it is possible that some of the larger vessels have discarded the fish that were trapped in their nets and that, since it was not commercially attractive, they only threw it into the waters and was finally expelled by the sea.

At the site there was also a dead turtle, so he tells the family that he took the shots and they do not know if it was a natural phenomenon or an ecological damage committed by the fishermen.

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7 Million+ Birds Culled in Japan After Severe Bird Flu Outbreak

Japan has been hit by a major avian influenza outbreak, particularly in the west of the country. During the 2020/2021 season, since the first case confirmed in November 2020 at an egg-laying chicken farm in Mitoyo, Kagawa Prefecture, there have been a further 41 farms affected in 17 prefectures (as of February 2, 2021) with 7.1 million birds culled. This is a record high for a single season. Chicken farms have been most affected, including those for egg-laying birds and broilers for meat production, as well as those for raising chicks. On January 21, an outbreak was also confirmed at a farm producing duck meat in Chiba Prefecture.

A poultry farm where avian influenza was confirmed on February 2 was one of the largest in Ibaraki Prefecture and all 840,000 of its egg-laying hens were culled. This is the first time since 2006 that there has been an outbreak in Ibaraki.

According to livestock statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ibaraki is the prefecture with the highest number of egg-laying hens at 15.5 million, followed by Chiba with 12.4 million. Miyazaki has the highest number of broilers in the country with 28.2 million, while the neighboring prefecture of Kagoshima ranks second for broilers and third for egg-laying hens. The long-term spread of avian influenza in leading production areas has inevitably affected supply and demand of chicken and eggs.

The common factor in all the poultry avian influenza outbreak cases so far this season is the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 virus with a high fatality rate detected each time. In 10 prefectures yet to experience farm outbreaks, the same virus has been found in wild birds and feces at and alongside rivers and lakes.

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15 dead pilot whales wash up in Newfoundland, Canada

About fifteen dead pilot dolphins stranded in December on the Port-au-Port peninsula in Newfoundland are the subject of an investigation by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).

The ministry was notified on December 9 and a team of fishery officers was deployed to Trois-Cailloux to take samples of the flesh and teeth of huge black cetaceans.

In the photographs I have, they appear to be healthy , says DFO marine mammal expert Jack Lawson . They weren’t hungry, they weren’t thin. They do not show signs of entanglement and there is no evidence of injuries from a collision with a ship.

It appears the animals were looking for food and became disoriented , he says, while noting that the investigation is continuing and the ministry has not come up with a definitive explanation.

Jack Lawson explains that pilot dolphins are very social cetaceans who like to swim in groups. These herds can number hundreds of animals.

He says pilot dolphins – which can weigh 2300 kg and measure 7 m in length – are increasingly less common in coastal Newfoundland waters.

The expert believes that an event like the one observed at Trois-Cailloux is relatively rare in Newfoundland, but he recalls that a similar incident occurred on the south coast of the island in the 1970s. At the time, about sixty cetaceans had died.

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1 MILLION + poultry killed since December 2020 due to Bird Flu in France

Avian influenza outbreaks continue to ravage the poultry sector in France, leading to the culling of over a million birds in the southwest region.

Since the first case was detected in mid-November, the number of outbreaks has increased to 264.

In a statement released on Friday, the Food and Agriculture Ministry said as a preventive measure 1.116 million poultry, mostly ducks, have been culled in the municipalities of Gers, Landes, Pyrenees-Atlantiques and Hautes-Pyrenees.

Around 12 cases have been recorded outside the south-west region.

The highly contagious H5N8 virus was also found to have spread among wildlife. Authorities recorded at least 10 deaths among wild birds due to the virus.

To control the risk of spreading the virus, the movement of poultry has been prohibited in these areas.

The H5N8 virus exclusively affects birds and is not transmissible to humans through the consumption of meat or eggs.

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Hundreds of dead eels and trout wash up in river in Dunedin, New Zealand

Low oxygen and high temperatures appear to have caused the deaths of hundreds of eels and trout in Dunedin’s Silverstream.

Mosgiel angler Bevan Campbell, who alerted Fish & Game Otago and the Otago Regional Council, said he had never seen anything like it.

Both agencies were on site last night.

Trout used the lower Silverstream as a refuge when the Taieri River was in flood and dirty, Campbell said.

Otago Fish & Game chief executive Ian Hadland said the likely cause of death was warm, low-oxygen inflows of ponded floodwater from surrounding farmland.

‘We have taken oxygen levels in the lower Silverstream today and they are still very low – borderline lethal for fish – and it’s down to near zero in one of the drains leading into the stream.

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101,000 chickens killed due to Bird Flu in Hungary

Hungary’s food safety authority NEBIH ordered the slaughter of 101,000 chickens on Thursday because of a bird flu outbreak, it said on its website.

The slaughter of the birds was ordered at a single egg-producing farm in central Hungary, with a 10km observation buffer zone set around the farm and international partners informed of the decision, the authority said.

A series of bird flu outbreaks have been reported on farms in Germany, France, Lithuania and elsewhere in Europe in recent weeks, with wild birds suspected to be spreading the disease.

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Dozens of dead seagulls seen on Dublin beach as new strain of bird flu virus circulates

A “highly pathogenic strain” of the bird flu virus is currently in circulation according to the Department of Agriculture.

The department was responding to reports of significant numbers of dead birds discovered around the State including dozens of seagulls observed on Sandymount Strand in recent days.

The strain AI H5N8, has been detected in 18 wild bird species across eight counties – Limerick, Monaghan, Wicklow, Mayo, Cork, Wexford, Louth and Kildare. Species affected include peregrine falcon, mute swan, curlew, whooper swan, cormorant and barnacle goose.

The department said it did receive reports of dead birds on Sandymount Strand but they had gone missing when staff went to investigate.

“However, when Department staff went to retrieve the birds for testing in the Department’s laboratories as part of this Avian Influenza surveillance programme, the carcasses were no longer in the reported location.”

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200 TONS of dead fish from fish kill in Lake Sebu in Philippines

At least 1,000 fish cages containing about 200,000 kilograms of tilapia were ravaged by the latest fish kill in Lake Sebu town, South Cotabato province, last week, an official said on Monday.

Lake Sebu Mayor Floro Gandam said at least 250 tilapia growers would get aid from the local government to recover their losses estimated at P20 million.But officials who joined an emergency meeting which Gandam convened on Monday did not think the damage was extensive enough to place the town under a state of calamity.

Christopher Ofong, the municipal information officer, said the disaster risk reduction and management office decided against recommending the declaration of state of calamity because some criteria were not met, such as the condition that the fish kill should affect at least 20 percent of the population.

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Dozens of various dead birds found, ‘causing panic’ in Jharkhand, India

Bird Alert

A large number of crows, mynas and herons were found dead at a village in Jharkhand’s Dumka district, triggering panic over the possibility of the bird flu outbreak in the area, officials said on Tuesday.

District Animal Husbandry Officer Awadhesh Kumar Singh said 40-50 birds were found dead at the Pokharia village near Mohulpahari in the Shikaripada police station area on Monday.

The incident triggered panic among the locals as they feared the possibility of the bird flu outbreak in the area, he said.

Samples have been collected and sent for examination to Ranchi, Singh said, adding that the test reports would confirm if it is the bird flu or there was any other reason for the deaths.

Villagers noticed that birds were falling from the trees one after the other on Monday morning. After being on the ground shivering for a while, the birds died, locals said.

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