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Thousands of dead fish wash up in Kapiti Coast River, New Zealand

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Thousands of dead fish have washed up at a river on the Kapiti Coast , leaving local fishermen bemused.
But the Council insists there’s nothing fishy about the large-scale stranding.
Newshub spoke to local whitebaiter Swanny, who said he’s never seen anything like the amount of Smelt fish that washed up at the Otaka riverbed earlier this week.
He said he’s been coming to the river for more than 60 years.
“You catch a lot of Smelt in November in your net. It might be four or five dozen at a time sort of thing, so you just tip them back. But I’ve never seen nothing like this – this is one out of the books,” he said.
Local iwi were the first to alert The Greater Wellington Regional Council to the dead fish,which threatened to disrupt the popular fishing and whitebaiting spot.
Samples from the river were sent to Nelson’s Cawthron Institute and their testing found no signs of harmful algae bloom.
Instead, evidence suggests the smelt died from a mass stranding.
The council says there’s no danger to public health or the health of the river.
But it’s likely to remain a mystery as to why so many fish swam to their deaths.
Swanny says the New Zealand Smelt fish aren’t good to eat as they’re small and smell like cucumber.
So the remaining dead fish won’t be scooped up by locals, who plan to persevere with their rods and whitebaiting nets.
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Mass die off of fish in a lake in Guangxi, China

Mingyue Lake drifted into a piece of dead fish was originally invited to capture the net income caused by the park
Floating dead fish on the lake of the moon. Reporter Lv Haifeng photo
On November 22, a member of the public reported to the newspaper that there were many dead fish floating in the moon near the lake and the odor was distributed in the wind. Reporters visited learned that the Moon Lake Acacia Lake Park in the recent fishing of fish in the lake has been close net stage, the relevant clean-up work is being carried out simultaneously.
Ms. Yang lives in the moon near the lake. Two days ago, Ms. Yang found that there were some dead fish floating on the lake in the moon and more and more in number. “Especially in the area near the Hydrophilic Platform, the vast expanse of dead fish has a very rotten smell, and for these two days everyone dared not walk nearby.”
On the afternoon of November 22, the reporter came to the Moon Lake and saw far in the middle of the lake an area surrounded by fishing nets. The dead fish floated around the area. Visual inspection, these dead fish mainly tilapia, a small, about a thousand kilograms.
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Hundreds of dead fish wash up ‘due to pollution’ in a river in Etrelles, France

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Daniel Gandon, president of the association of vitreous Gaul, warned Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10: 00. Hundreds of fish have been found dead in the River of the Valiereto Etrelles.
“I am immediately visited the site. “All the fish died on almost 3 km of the plant of the Billerie to the bridge of Etrelles”, he explains.
The president of the fishing association went in recognition that same day with the gendarmerie of argentré. “We picked a hundred pounds of fish on only 300 meters,” he said. Pikes, perches, gudgeons, sculpins…
Water police and the French Agency for biodiversity are made on-site Monday, November 20, 2017. Water analyses would have been made. Nothing visible on the surface because, since then, the dead fish have fallen in the background.
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Thousands of fish and other sea life wash up in Toubacouta, Senegal, Africa

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Thousands of aquatic organisms, which a lot of fish Senghor (Toubacouta) Valley, and a unit of aquaculture in floating cages of the project Go Wamer probably died from lack of oxygen, revealed Wednesday of technicians of the Ministry of fishing and the maritime economy.
The head of the production Division to the national agency of aquaculture (ANA), Amadou Tidiane Camara, and the Coordinator of the project “Go Wamer”, Mamadou Thiam engineer went on the ground to ascertain the extent of the problem. On the site, the two men found a desolate scene with several dead fish floating on the surface of the waters of the San Valley.
In the presence of people in the village of Santhie Bera grouped in economic interest group (EIG) for the operation of the unit of aquaculture in floating cages in the Valley, two technicians have made withdrawals in waters in view further laboratory analyses.
“Today, we came to a preliminary examination to see the cause of this mortality. One measured the oxygen levels, the physicochemical parameters of water waiting to make accurate and in-depth analyses at the level of Dakar to see the exact causes of this problem,”said the head of the ANA, Tidiane Ahmadou production division Camara.
He said that the results of the preliminary review points to the level of oxygen in the water. “So, we suspect a low oxygen levels that would be the cause of mortality of 8000 fish just at the level of the floating cages Go Wamer project but also the waters of the Valley”, he said
He explained that the lack of oxygen would be due to a renewal of the waters of the valley station. “Given this situation, we will take the time to diagnose all causes of mortality before you continue the project with a new stocking”, added Mr. Camara
“It’s very painful to see these losses in fish, because we have in front of people very engaged in the operation of this unit of fish in floating cages,” says the Coordinator of the project Go Wamer, Mamadou Thiam.
Since the start of the project in 2013, he said, he has never known this problem of mortality found in the waters of the San Valley this year.
Unity of aquaculture in floating cages of the Senghor Valley “is a successful experience”, he stressed, explaining that “this is why the model is replicated in other localities of the Fatick Department as to Simal”.
“It ends in December 2017 and the ANA, as a technical arm, will take over to assist the populations of Santhie Bera ‘, he added.
The project Go Wamer activates in governance, management of marine resources and the reduction of poverty in Cape Verde, Gambia, Mauritania, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal.
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Thousands of dead fish found in the Carcarana River in Argentina

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Thousands of dead fish were the last days in the basin of the Río Carcarañá. La Vera are floating large variety of specimens that were dragged from the province of Cordoba, some follow their path by the force of the waters and others are trapped on the side of the river. In the whole of the coast feels a strong stench. LaCapital observed in its traveled bogas, moncholos, shads, carps and old water, among other varieties, floating lifeless.
The situation was detected Sunday in Cordoba localities of Moscow and Monte corn, on Monday began to see the first fish in Carcarañá, on Tuesday increased the picture and yesterday in sectors they covered the sides of the river. A fisherman explained that the species came from the arroyo Saladillo in Cordoba that, together with the Calamuchita – a few kilometers before – form the Carcarañá. Specialists noted that the reason for the carnage might be the high temperature in the region, though many fishermen consulted by this newspaper not brushed aside the issue of pollution of any company in Cordoba soil or any agrochemical which – by the rainfall – derived toxicity from the fields to the waters of the river.
“We are very concerned about what happened, many people enjoy the River at this time and many also live of fishing,” pointed out the locals. In addition, another resident of the area said that “are 10 or 20 thousand fish died in the bed of the River, not may require.” “Are large bream, moncholos, Tarpon and tents”. Another fisherman gave his testimony and said: “now a several week not you must fish in the area until it is determined whether they died of contamination or not; that affects income and up to the power of many, but have to take care of yourself”. And he said: “I live a mile from the River, and I said to the guys yesterday and today to not draw the fish which can be dangerous to your health”.
On the fact is pointed out that the death of the fish had its origin in the province of Córdoba. For that reason, given the intervention to Mediterranean environmental police, which took water samples to make different assessments in Bucharest and Monte corn, which was a similar situation in the Saladillo River. Apart from studies, many experienced local fishermen disbelieve that the cause of death of fish has been very sudden change of temperature or the downspout from the river. “Although it is under the runway, there were times that had lower level and did not take place this, never saw something of such magnitude”, said Martin, a local man and that comb reeds.
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Tons of dead fish found on beach in southwestern Latvia

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Environmental experts are investigating the death of several tons of fish that have been washed onto a beach in Latvia’s southwestern seaside city of Liepaja this week, local media reported on Wednesday.
About three tons of fish washed ashore on a 1.3 km long stretch of the Liepaja beach, authorities said.
Andris Junkurs, head of resource control at the Latvian State Environmental Service, said that although initially it was thought that the fish had been dumped into the Baltic Sea by some fishermen, this hypothesis had to be ruled out eventually.
The environmental authority’s fish control department analyzed satellite images in an attempt to detect the fishing boat that might have dumped an unwanted catch of round goby at sea.
“The examination of the images revealed no unusual maneuvering of deep-sea fishing boats that would be worth paying attention to. So, this hypothesis had to be ruled out,” Junkurs explained.
Fishermen catching fish closer to the shore have also been cleared of suspicions, as part of the dead fish washed ashore in Liepaja were too small to be caught in fishing nets.
“We therefore have no reason to believe that a catch has been dumped at sea in this case,” Junkurs concluded.
An ichthyologist who was consulted about the unusual find said the fish might have perished in stormy waters as waves smashed them against a rocky surface like breakwater, for instance.
“We are inclined to believe that this has been a natural process,” Junkurs said.
Poisoning has been excluded as a possible cause of the mass death of gobies due to the absence of visual signs of poisoning.
Besides, a toxic substance would have killed fish of various species, but there were almost only gobies except for some plaice and cod.
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Thousands of fish have died in Dubasipalya Lake, Bengaluru, India

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Thousands of fish were found dead in Dubasipalya Lake near Kengeri Satellite Town in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Residents blamed the pollution in the lake for it.Residents, who hit the lake’s periphery for a morning walk, have been seeing fish die in hundreds and since Monday. It has only worsened, they said.
Jagadish Gowda, a resident who goes for a walk near the lake regularly, said that this began ever since the city received heavy rainfall. When Bengaluru received heavy downpour in October, this was one of the worst-affected lakes. Having filled to its brim, the lake overflowed leaving a KSRTC bus stop inundated.
“We have been seeing dead fish in the lake. We fear that sewage water is being let into the lake and this is the reason behind the death of fish. There is official apathy when it comes to maintenance. Even the weeds are not being removed on a regular basis. All these could be contributing factors,” said another resident.
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70,000 fish have died in a lake, ‘due to pollution’ in Telangana, India

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Even as the state government has launched initiatives like Mission Kakatiya to restore water bodies, lakes and tanks, the pollution in the lakes in Telangana continues unabated. On Monday hundreds of fish were floating dead in the Potharaju Kunta lake in the state.
The lake, located in Annaram village, had nearly 70,000 fish, and most of them were found dead early morning on Monday, reportedly owing to untreated sewage being let into the waterbody, and also due to the municipal dump alongside the lake.
According to reports, the municipal authorities dumped the garbage including medical waste like syringe, medicines and vials of vaccines at the lake, going against their own principles.
Local residents told media that a day before the incident, an earth-mover pushed the medical garbage pile into the lake.
Speaking to TNM, Ravi Kumar an officer from the Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB), Sangareddy said, “Preliminary investigations revealed that the fish died due to the untreated domestic water being let into the lake from a neighbouring apartment-Prakruthi Nivas, and also the municipality dumping the garbage alongside the lake.”
He further added, “There was no discharge of chemical effluents into the lake. However, we have collected the water samples for analysis. Once the report comes out, and determines the cause of the death of fish, we will penalize the apartment owner, the village Panchayat and also the municipal authorities.”
District Fisheries Officer, Sangareddy, B Sujatha was unavailable to comment on the issue.
According to reports, the fisheries department had recently released 20,000 fish into the lake.
Expressing shock at the incident, Vice President of Annaram Fishermen Cooperative Society (FCS), D Veeraswamy, said, “We were shocked when we went fishing in the morning. There were thousands of dead fish. The impact is likely to continue for a few more days, killing more fish and other organisms in the lake,” reported The New Indian Express.
Shockingly, this is the third such incident happening in the state within two months.
Recently, nearly 2 lakh fish were dead, after chemical effluents were released into the Gandigudem lake in Bollarum, Hyderabad by pharmaceutical companies. The fishermen suffered a loss of nearly Rs 2 crore.
Earlier in September, hundreds of fish were found dead in Pasumamula Lake in Abdullapurmet, Hyderabad incurring a loss of Rs 60 lakh to the fisheries society.
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Large die off of fish in Athalassa Lake, Cyprus

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The dead fish seen over the weekend in the Athalassa lake were the result of a sudden drop in temperature and the depletion of oxygen caused by large quantities of mud falling into the water following the recent rainfall, the agriculture ministry’s fisheries and forestry departments have said.
According to a statement,  the ministry’s agencies took immediate action after the dead fish were spotted in the last few days.
The department’s personnel returned to the lake on Monday to continue removing large quantities of dead fish, a job which they began on Saturday.
The Green Party condemned the government’s inertia, saying that it is not the first time a massive amount of fish have died for the same reason.
According to the Cyprus News Agency, the task of removing the dead fish from the lake will be concluded on Monday.
“The spectacle was tragic today,” Efi Xanthou from the Green Party said. “It is not the first time and I’m not hopeful it will be the last.”
“We can only condemn the inertia demonstrated by the competent authorities. Once the problem is known, why is oxygen not pumped by a pump?” a party statement said, which also called on the authorities to take action to prevent yet another future mass killing of fish.
The party stressed the lake is vital for the fragile life cycle in the park and the solution is not to remove the dead fish and bring more.
“Finally, we hope that the fish will be removed immediately because there is already a bad smell. At the same time, we hope that steps will be taken to ensure that the birds that will come to spend the winter at the lake will not be deprived of food,” the statement concluded.
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Thousands of dead fish appear in a river in Murcia, Spain

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The conservation and heritage association in Murcia (HUERMUR) has made an urgent report to the Guardia Civil and the relevant water authorities about the sudden appearance of high numbers of dead fish surrounded by foam.
Locals noticed the increased numbers as they walked by the river along the Manterola promenade.
“There are thousands of dead fish!” exclaimed one resident, and was among many who were questioning how they managed to end up in that state and in that section of the River Segura.
Another local described the scene as a “disaster.”
As seen on the HUERMUR Twitter account: “It’s the same old story with the River Segura. Every time it rains, there is foam and dead fish. We will be reporting the situation.”
One of the explanations offered for the amount of foam build-up is due to the effect of the rain, and the water authority (CHS) always points out that this is the case.
However, when there was a similar scenario in August, the CHS took a number of water samples for analysis to establish if there was another underlying reason and new samples have been taken following the latest episodes.
Previous tests failed to detect any pollutants that may have caused the earlier build up of foam and dead fish, and this prompted the authorities to get to the bottom of this mystery which HUERMUR indicates is happening far too often.
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