On 11/3/2014, numerous sardines were found washed ashore in Pacific coastal area of Hokkaido. A fisherman found it around 6AM of the day.
The location was Mukawa-cho in Hokkaido. The dead sardines were approx. 15 ~ 20cm long, which have grown up. They were found washed ashore for 4km along the coast.
The local fishermen state they have been fishing there for 60 years but haven’t seen such a thing.
Hokkaido fisheries experiment station comment it might be due to the storm one night before, but the exact cause is not identified.
On the other hand, local citizen commented on Twitter that that kind of storm was nothing rare, can happen quite often.
Thousands of sardines were on Wednesday stranded on the beach of Windows in the region of Valparaíso (central Chile) reported medioamientales fishermen and organizations.
Beach Windows appeared the morning of Christmas covered by thousands of dead sardines, as can be seen in disseminated by the Communities Movement for Right to Life pictures.
“(I appeared) a considerable amount of dead sardines. We do not remember the date (that) stranding of this type has occurred,” he told Radio Bio Bio Carlos Vega, union Fishermen Windows, about 120 kilometers west of Santiago.
The fisherman said the area where the sardines were “very close to the vent thermoelectric” coal-fired power plants located in the same generation beach.
The environment secretary ministerierial Valparaiso, Gonzalo Le Dantec, told the newspaper La Tercera that “the number modulo 4 power generator AES Gener termoeléctricade plant would have absorbed a school of these fish.” “The alarms were activated, driving the sardines by the sea,” he said.
According to Le Dantes, the Maritime and National Marine Fisheries Service “are conducting relevant research and cleaning the area.”
The authorities began an investigation to determine the causes of the mass stranding of these fish.