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Mass die off of lobsters and fish in the waterways of Nashik, India

Fish Kill Alert

Water supply to the Malegaon, Nandgaon, Dahiwad regional water supply scheme and the Chalisgaon areas in Nashik and Jalgaon districts from the Girna dam was stopped due to a very large volume of dead lobsters and other fish.

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Thousands of lobsters are dying in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam

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At a farm near Phuoc Ly beach, Nguyen Thanh Quang have also lost over 1,000 lobsters in 15 cages in just over a week.
“All my savings and bank loans worth several billions have now all gone,” Quang said with a sign. “Our lobsters all weigh around 1 kilo and we were negotiating with traders to sell them soon. But now we have nothing left to sell.”
In Xuan Phuong Ward, many farmers are collecting the dead lobsters to sell.
“We can only sell those which have just died and look still fresh,” a farmer named Pham Canh said. 
“The prices of lobsters now are VND1.5 million (US$66) a kilo but those dead can only be sold a third of that. We’re facing a loss of about VND5 million (US$221) for each cage.”
According to vice director of the Song Cau District’s Animal Husbandry Department, Nguyen Huu Dai, the lobster death was caused by a sudden weather change when there was heavy rains after a long heat wave.
“The rains suddenly changed the saline level and caused a lack of oxygen in water,” Dai said. “Another reason is that lobsters are densely raised which resulted in water pollution.”
A statistic from Song Cau District People’s Committee showed that there were over 1,100 lobster farms in the area with over 13,300 cages. The total losses from this mass death are estimated at hundreds of billions of dong.
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Hundreds of dead lobsters, starfish and crabs found washed ashore in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

These are just some of the estimated 100 lobsters Josephine Chubbs said washed up on the beach near her Norris Point home in December – ©Submitted photo
Josephine Chubbs was shocked on Dec. 17 to see a large number of sea creatures wash up on the beach near her Norris Point home.
Chubbs lives in an area known as Deckers Cove. “Our backyard is right on the ocean,” she said by phone Monday.
Dec. 17 had been a day of nasty weather that brought high seas and pretty cold temperatures. While snowblowing her husband picked up a lobster right in their driveway and brought it in the house. Not long after he went inside and told Chubbs to dress warm because they had to go down on the beach.
There they found hundreds of sea creatures washed up by the sea.
“I’ve seen caplin rolling, but never seen lobsters and connors and starfish and crab,” she said. “It was everything washing ashore.”
She estimates there were 100 lobsters alone. “It was babies, from two inches to measured (harvestable) lobsters.”
Chubbs, who is the custodian at the Bonne Bay Marine Station, was ready to do what she could to get the creatures to the tanks at the marine station, but everything was dead. “There was nothing that I could help save.”
She later called Bob Hooper, the retired MUN professor is the founding director of the station and still volunteers there, to get his thoughts on the discovery.
From the pictures she sent, Hooper was struck that there was a mixture of species, so he feels the creatures were not killed by a disease.
“Everything looked very healthy, apart from being dead,” he said.
He also noted that all the creatures washed up reach their northern limit in Newfoundland and are not things that are found in Labrador.
“The significance of that is it suggests that cold is the problem.”
He’s seen mortalities dozen of times between the fall and this time of year related to water temperatures getting close to and below freezing.
“Even it goes down a fraction of a degree it might make the difference between a connor being alive and a connor being dead.”
 He said the loss is probably worse than it looked, as it’s possible more creatures than what washed up were affected, but hopes it’s localized to the shoal waters in front of Chubb’s house.
He’ll be looking to confirm his hypothesis on what happened when he visits the marine station in the next while to download data gathered by a temperature recorder he has there.
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Hundreds of thousands of lobsters dead ‘due to flooding’ in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam

Most of the dead lobsters are between 8-12 months of age. Photo by Baophuyen
Lobster farmers in the south-central province of Phu Yen are suffering huge financial losses after their stock died in the recent floods.
According to vice head of the provincial Department of Husbandry and Animal Health, Nguyen Minh Phat, lobsters have been found dying at many farms in Song Cau Town since November 3.
“Farmers in the two villages of Hoa Loi and Hoa Thanh are most hard-hit,” Phat said. “230 households in Hoa Loi Village have reported a total of 275,000 dead lobsters aged between 8-12 months. This means a loss of over VND 30 billion (USD1.4 million).”
Phat said that the situation occurred so fast that the farmers could not do anything to save their lobsters or sell them.
Initial investigations revealed that the lobster deaths were caused by changes in salinity, Phat said, adding that the situation would continue as the floods had not stopped.
“There’s no way to treat the lobsters in the cages. We now can only suggest farmers to move the strong lobsters to other areas,” Phat suggested.
Phu Yen is one of the largest lobster-raising areas in Vietnam besides other southern-central coastal provinces of Khanh Hoa, Binh Dinh, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan. Some 2,500 farmers are now involved in lobster-raising in the province, which have started in 2000.
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Tens of thousands of lobsters suddenly die off, ‘reason unknown’ in Quang Ngai, Vietnam

Ly Son islanders lose billions because farming lobster die-off
Over the past days, many lobster in the sea area in An Hai (Ly Son) suffered heavy losses, and faces bankruptcy as shrimp cage sudden unexplained death.
According to some farmers, the situation started dying lobsters occur 3-4 weeks ago, but only a few scattered in floating cages. But the past few days, many cases there was a daily cage shrimp died. On the one day less a cage 2-3, 4-6 children each day much.
Pham Thi Hai said, two weeks, day shrimp cage of the family also died 1-4. Dead shrimp weighing nearly 0.5 kg a child, with feeding time is over 6 months, with market prices 1.3-1.4 million dong per kg.
In addition to the money invested hundreds of million to floating cages; buy food … then each seed purchase cost an average drop of about 300,000 contracts. So the total amount of investment for a very large cages, approximately one billion. With the estimated number of dead shrimp on 10,000 children, only seed money Ly Son people have damage over 3 billion.
While no accurate conclusions about the causes of this situation, but in a number of professional staff of Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Quang Ngai province, possibly due to seed quality is not guaranteed, water parks the contaminated feed, improper care techniques … cause mortality lot in the last few days.
Immediately after the occurrence of mortality lot of unknown causes, on 3/10, Quang Ngai province has directed and delivered to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with the district administration Ly Son test and find out the cause for treatment and prevention.
An ocean current customs areas, Ly Son has over 60 cages lobster and some fish.
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Thousands of dead fish, plus eels and lobsters wash up in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

On Friday morning, thousands of dead fish lay in the sun along Handsome Bay, Virgin Gorda, as frigate birds circled overhead and pelicans and seagulls perched on nearby rocks.
Other dead sea creatures on the shoreline included eels, a six-foot-long shark, lobsters, parrot fish and blowfish, to name a few.
Environmental officials believe the culprit was sargassum seaweed, which covered much of the bay on Friday and which has also been blamed for VG’s water shut-off this week.
In recent months, Handsome Bay has been among the areas hardest hit by the seaweed, and residents have held several cleanups there in part to battle the sulfur smell emitted by the decaying vegetation.
On Friday, the dead fish were in larger numbers along the southwest side of the bay near the Taddy Bay Airport. On the other side, near the Handsome Bay Desalination Plant, the sulfur smell wasn’t as strong, but a 14-foot-wide barrier of sargassum lined the beach.
Several bloated sea creatures with bulging eyes were entangled in the thick mat of seaweed.
Sheriece Smith, an information officer at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, said Friday that officials believe the fish kill resulted from oxygen depletion caused by the sargassum. More information will be forthcoming soon, Ms. Smith added.
The seaweed is also responsible for water lock-offs on VG since at least Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Communications and Works.
“A technical team was dispatched to the water plant in Virgin Gorda and reported that the vast amount of seaweed in the bay has caused the plant’s desalination process to become dysfunctional as a result of the thick seaweed film,” according to an MCW statement issued Thursday.
The ministry added that a team had been mobilised to remove the seaweed from the bay and that the water plant was expected to be in full operation by Saturday.
However, no work was ongoing Friday morning, though a WSD employee stood in the building near the desalination plant looking out over the bay.
Nearby, a stream of clear water trickled down an embankment from the plant, cutting a path through the seaweed back into the ocean. The water was clear and didn’t have any foul odor.
Two other men, who had learned about the dead fish on the Internet, walked up to the beach and snapped photos with their cell phones.
“What a waste, all those fish,” one man said. “Just think what is underneath all that seaweed.”
At the WSD’s offices at the Vanterpool Administration Building on Friday, another employee said water would be restored later that day.
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Thousands of dead lobsters wash up on the coast of Baja California, Mexico


Thousands of dead lobsters wash up on the coast of Baja California, Mexico

200 TONS of rock lobsters dead due to ‘harmful algae’ off coast of South Africa

The algae, known as red tide for the color it creates in the water, killed 80 tons of the crustacean on Wednesday at Eland Bay, north of Cape Town, the department said in an e-mailed statement. The total loss is equivalent to more than 10 percent of the allowable catch this season.
The bloom was detected on Feb. 3 off South Africa’s west coast and killed about 30 tons of lobsters on Feb. 9 and another 70 tons on Tuesday, the department said.
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Scores Of Dolphins, Porpoises, Turtles, Lobsters And Starfish Wash Up Dead In Southern England

Coastguards at Littlehampton have now found five dolphins and porpoises

Coastguards at Littlehampton have now found five dolphins and porpoises along the shores of West Sussex and others have been discovered in Dorset and Cornwall.

Marine experts say the huge waves pounding the beaches have taken a terrible toll because it forced ‘food’ such as sand eels and sprats to seek shelter far out to sea where the dolphins could not catch them.

In the latest find, a male striped dolphin almost seven feet long was spotted lying dead on the beach in Felpham.

Just hours earlier, a young male harbour porpoise, less than 4ft long, was found on the beach at Rustington.


A coastguard spokesman said today: “Residents are advised if they do come across deceased animals on the beach not to touch them as they can harbour harmful bacteria.

“Any dolphins or porpoises should be reported to the coastguard with information passed on to the Natural History Museum which can help identify if there are any environmental factors affecting marine wildlife.

“This winter, marine biologists have seen scores of unusual creatures washed up along the county’s shoreline including dolphins, porpoises, turtles, lobsters, goose barnacles, long-spined sea scorpions, puffins, starfish and whelk eggs.” 

Thousands of puffins and other seabirds have also been found dead along the coast following the severe weather.