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Thousands of dead fish wash appear in Bluff harbour, Iowa, USA

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The Spring thaw arrived at Bluff’s Harbor Marina this week and brought with it thousands of dead shad.
During two months of ice and freezing temperatures, the fish in the marina slowly ran out of oxygen. Harbormaster Jon Billups said even using bubblers, which churn air and oxygen into the marina during the winter months to keep ice down, did not help this year.
“We’ve had winters where there weren’t any fish killed because there wasn’t enough ice to matter,” said Billups. “But this time it was so long. We had over two months of solid ice down here. It’s a shame, but it’s nature.”
As the ice thaws and becomes translucent, the silvery fish, not much bigger than minnows, are exposed, frozen right where they were swimming. In some places, ice fishers reported the ice about a foot thick.
The fish kill means good news for fishermen, though, who use shad as bait. Billups said fishermen are welcome to bring buckets and dip nets to Bluff’s Harbor Marina and take as many as they want.
Pelicans, gulls and eagles have already begun to help themselves.
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Tens of thousands of dead fish found in the Nechi River, Colombia

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We have a sad history of the animal world. There are tens of thousands of fish killed by the lack of oxygen in the Nechí River, as a result of illegal mining waste in the area.
These new images would be further proof of the damage caused by the chemicals used in illegal gold mining in the area . The fact was denounced last year and as a result two mining operations closed . But these activities continued to be done affecting native species such as bocachico , catfish toads , blanquillos and gilded .
The inhabitants of the area who captured the fish mortality expect that the Regional Autonomous Corporation of the Center of Antioquia , investigate this environmental emergency that has its fishing activity in check.
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Thousands of dead fish wash up on beaches in North Carolina, USA

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Thousands of fish washed ashore Tuesday along a two mile stretch of beach near the Outer Banks community of Corolla.
Photos of the beach littered with fish were posted on Facebook, noting the NC Division of Marine Fisheries had been called to investigate.
“In some places, the fish are piled thick,” said a post on the Corolla Beach Music Facebook page.
The fish have been identified as Menhaden and Spanish Mackerel and they appeared along mile posts 13 and 17 in an area used for four-wheel drive vehicles, reported TV station WTKR. Samples were taken by Marine Fisheries, which noted there were no marks or sores on the fish, reported the WTKR.
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Thousands of dead fish found in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

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Tennessee Valley Authority says that the sudden temperature changes are the reason thousands of dead fish have been found in several areas of Chattanooga Thursday.
The TVA says there is no threat to the public, as the fish are shad.
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Thousands of dead fish wash up on beach at North Auckland, New Zealand

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Thousands of dead fish have startled residents at a north Auckland beach.
The washed up fish – identified by Auckland War Memorial Museum head of natural sciences Tom Trnski as anchovy Engraulis australis – lined the shores of the Stanmore Bay estuary on February 21, sparking fears of water contamination.
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Tens of tons of fish suddenly die in a lake in West Lampung, Indonesia

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Tens of tons of fish in Lake Ranau District Seminung Lumbok Sub die unexpectedly.
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Thousands of dead fish wash up in a lagoon in La Pampa, Argentina

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The residents of Santa Rosa, La Pampaprovince, lived yesterday morning an unusual situation: first, the stench; then, the disturbing scene see thousands of fish dead on the coast of the Don Tomás lagoon, on the western edge of the city.
As reported by the municipality from the provincial capital, the peculiar event was due “to high temperatures, the low level of water hair and lack of oxygenation” in the lagoon. Even so, samples were sent to the management of water resources of the Pampa to determine the causes.
Afternoon, staff and officials of the commune, with the help of the army, came to the collection of fish – mainly silverside-occupying a strip of hundreds of meters long and at least 2.50 m in width of the northern coast of the main Bowl , according to the local newspaper La Arena.
The same thing happened in January, when they were removed from the North bowl of the Laguna Don Tomas a 5000 pounds of dead fish from the banks behind the island of children, according to Telam.
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Thousands of dead fish found floating in Piauí stream in Piaui, Brazil

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Thousands of fish were found dead in the Curimatá Creek, which is one of the tributaries that flows into the Algodões II Dam, located between the municipalities of Júlio Borges and Curimatá, in the southern region of Piauí.
The environmental activist, the pedagogue Ronaldo Luz, defines the situation as an “environmental disaster” and explained that the death occurred during the piracema, which is the period of reproduction of the fish. 
“There was a lot of rain in the region, there was water in the creek, but it was very fast evasion; the fish rose because of the period of the piracema, to the spawning, and could not return to the dam. Every year we have this period, but the competent authorities do not take initiative to avoid this situation, “said the activist.
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Dead Pelicans, Turtles and ‘countless fish’ wash up in a lagoon near Sydney, Australia

The mysterious deaths of pelicans, turtles and countless fish have alarmed residents north of Sydney who are now demanding action.
The dead and dying creatures have been found around Bushells Lagoon, near Wilberforce northwest of Sydney. The rotting carcasses are also creating an awful odour.
Concerned resident John Varley said one of the biggest wetlands on the Hawkesbury River is now in a “distressing state”.
Most put it down to a combination of unusually high water temperatures, and pollution.
Xuela Sledge of Greater Sydney Landcare said the water quality has been decreasing continually over the past four or five months.
“The smaller amount of dilution of any chemicals in the water is certainly going to have an impact on the wildlife in the lagoon,” Ms Sledge said.
The devastation of aquatic life includes pelicans, native eels, water hens and turtles has worsened in the last week.
Whatever the cause is, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawkesbury council have yet to take responsibility. Locals say both organisations need to come to a mutual understanding before more aquatic life is wiped out.
Locals say they can’t win though. Even once the water returns so will the carp – an unwanted pest in the region.
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