Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mass Animal Deaths. March 2013 (and we are only on the 12th)

Thousands of Dead Pigs Pulled from Shanghai River, Prompting Contamination Fears
Sanitation workers collect a dead pig from Shanghai's main waterway 
on March 11, 2013. Nearly 3,000 dead pigs have been found floating 
in Shanghai's main waterway, the Chinese city's government said on March 11.

Don’t mind the floating dead pigs; the water is still safe to drink – or so say Shanghai officials after removing more than 2,800 carcasses from the Huangpu River since Friday, the Associated Press reports.
The river runs straight through the center of the eastern China metropolis and is one of the primary water sources for the 23 million people that inhabit China’s largest city. Locals are concerned that the carcasses – many of which were found with exposed organs – have tainted drinking water, but the financial hub’s monitoring authorities have said the water quality remains unaffected. Shanghai residents voiced their concerns on China’s Twitter-like social-media site Sina Weibo, alerting the greater region of the gruesome scene, CNN noted. Business investor Xue Manzi hinted at a possible cover-up in a post on his account: “Huangpu River is the source of drinking water for more than 20 million Shanghai residents. And this horrific incident was only made public when residents started posting pictures on Weibo.”
According to state news agency Xinhua, the pigs have been traced to Jiaxing city in China’s eastern province of Zhejiang, where authorities have admitted to dumping the cadavers. The outpouring of dead pigs comes on the heels of a recent crackdown in the illegal trade of contaminated pork, according to the AP.  China outlaws the sale of pigs that have died from particular diseases, but it was discovered farmers were offloading contaminated pork to slaughterhouses and subsequently ending up in markets.

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Mystery fish deaths at Congo 

Suspected to have been poisoned 60,000 fish bellies (Figure)

2013-03-05 06:35 Source: Southern Metropolis Daily editor: spider

Yesterday, at the white layer of dead fish floating in the water Laodeng contracting fish ponds.
Yesterday, at the white layer of dead fish floating in the water Laodeng contracting fish ponds. Southern Reporter Yang Zhenhua photo 

Southern News reporter Yang Zhenhua contracting Zhongkai High-tech Zone Lek Town rout fish ponds Dengjin Can these days with a worried frown. From the 1st night, the fish ponds of 60,000 fish all died, the loss of more than 30 million. Two years of sweat down the drain, let his tears. The night he was black plastic bags of suspected installed pesticides found in fish ponds, the Lek forest police station under investigation. 

Shore found plastic bags dissemination Smell 

More than 11 points on the evening of March 1, 2011, Dengjin Can, as usual, came to fish ponds patrol watching TV after one week. Huizhou temperatures dropped that night, from the high winds, Deng Jincan took a flashlight to view the fish ponds, suddenly found some fish are in the water near the shore of bounce, there is a big carp floating to the surface of the water, very strange. 

Now the other day, more and more fish floating to the surface to reveal a white belly. He found amiss, hastened xiatangji the go view, by the shore of the waters, he also found a set of layers of black plastic bags, exudes Smell. Based on experience, he immediately reported to the police station Lilin police, the police came that night to receive a black plastic bag and a fish pond water samples back to do the inspection. 

Dengjin Can Guangxi, working for many years in Huizhou. Yesterday, he briefed reporters on the fish ponds and 12 acres in size, he contracted at the end of 2011 and put 60,000 various fry all kinds of costs add up to more than a year, invested a total of more than 230,000 yuan. Originally planned to fish salvage sale recently, I did not expect this situation now, so that he lost more than 30 million. 

10,000 kilos of dead fish every day salvage 

Yesterday afternoon, the South is a reporter came to the incident fishponds far smelt fishy fish smell, a white layer of dead fish floating in the surface of the water on the shore. Laodeng yesterday and the day before, he respectively to spend money to hire someone to salvage dead fish every day away ten thousand kilos. The day before yesterday, he hit six net full of fish, found no one is alive, there will be more dead fish float.

Dead fish litter the Payette

Dead fish litter the Payette

A one day survey reveals heavy sediment and over 100 dead fish in the lower Payette River. Heavy sediment could also harm duck populations.

Shandong dezhou Kowloon Bay dead fish incident tracking: Sub lime water purification

March 06, 2013, China's aquaculture network Source: Texas News views: 1531 times I would like to comment

Staff are to sub in the water with lime

Reporter Zhang Ting Ting intern Cheng Xiaoxu photo

5th report of the Kowloon Bay Lake float after the news of hundreds of pounds of dead fish, on March 5 at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, this reporter once again came to the Park in Kowloon Bay any more information. Foul smell in the Park have disappeared, and no dead fish in the Lake. 2 workers are sitting on board the ship to the surface sub lime. "Bottom of the pond is a water pump, spray outward to make lime quick dissolve with water to achieve disinfection effect. "Fishponds told Xinhua, in order to ensure that does not pollute the water, fishing for fish increased speed and salvage of dead fish. "The night of 4th overtime until 9 o'clock at night, and finally all pull out all the dead fish in the Lake, there are more than 1000 kg. "Said one surnamed Yang said staff, fish pond start-up since the previous year, he had been guarding Fishpond, restocking every once in a while to the water, see so many fish died, he was miserable. "Is the boss does not feel bad, I feel bad. 

It is understood that the dead fish removed, early on March 5, fishpond staff bought a large amount of lime into fishponds. Pull out over more than 1000 pounds of dead fish, early on 5th is taken away by refuse collection vehicles of the municipal environmental protection Bureau.Staff said, "originally intended to bury the dead fish waste pits in the Park, because having too many afraid to decay will have an impact on soil, referred to the environmental protection agency decision centrally. 


Extreme weather kills 18,000 pashmina goats in Ladakh

Harsh winter makes these mountain goats grow extremely warm coating that is six times finer than human hair and used to produce pashmina wool.
Harsh winter makes these mountain goats grow extremely warm coating that is six times finer than human hair and used to produce pashmina wool.
NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: Last year's unusually dry summer and this winter's unprecedented snowfall, the worst in nearly 50 years, in Ladakh's Changtang areahas claimed over 18,000 "pashmina" goats, the source of one of the finest varieties of wool that has put the region on the world map.

Changtang is a high altitude plateau in southeastern Ladakh, inhabited by Changpa (Champa) nomads, and known for its harsh and semi-arid weather with very little vegetation. The harsh winter makes these mountain goats grow extremely warm and very soft coating that is six times finer than human hair and used to produce pashmina wool. Its products including shawls, scarves, wraps, stoles are exported worldwide.

"While rains were scanty last summer, the winter witnessed unprecedented snowfall," said Dr Morup of Leh's district sheep husbandry office. Because of the harsh climate no other agricultural activity is possible and the fodder comes mainly from the natural vegetation. Lack of rain last year dried out the natural flora and the heavy snowfall in January and February cut off the region from the rest of the country, preventing fodder supplies. "The goats perished because of extreme cold and lack of food," he explained, adding, "We had supplied 13,000 quintals in November before the closure of the roads, otherwise loss would have been more."

Leh deputy commissioner Tsering Angchok told TOI, "Now, 1100 quintals of fodder have been sent in 62 trucks to the area where these animals are located."

Mass fish deaths under investigation

Updated Mon Mar 4, 2013 9:29am AEDT
Authorities hope to establish within a day or two why thousands of fish were found dead on Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.
Thousands of young leather jackets washed up in the Port Neill area.
Kirk Gibbons from the caravan park said it was a big talking point among locals.
"The three main beaches here at Port Neill there'd be, on the high-tide mark, literally hundreds and hundreds and hundreds on each beach," he said.
"[It is] not a pleasant sight, you literally couldn't take a step without stepping on half a dozen or more.
"At least the birds had a good feed, there were lots of birds around there feeding."
Fisheries regional manager Andrew Carr doubted there was too much cause for alarm.
"If, for example, there was some sort of spillage in the water or the ocean, some sort of toxic chemical you would think every fish, every species, would be killed and that's why it would seem to be more environmental or natural causes," he said.
"But we're going to make sure and do a biopsy just to double check.
"I have been posed the question what sort of clean-up is going to take place. I don't envisage there'll be any type of clean-up - there's already quite a significant amount of decomposition of the fish - they'll dry up - they're only small and certainly there's a few birds having a field day as well."

Farmed salmon die at Eastern Shore aquaculture plant

Snow Island Salmon blames it on cold weather

Posted: Mar 3, 2013 12:55 PM AT 

A male Atlantic salmon is shown swimming in salt water.A male Atlantic salmon is shown swimming in salt water.(CBC)
A number of fish at the aquaculture facility in Owl’s Head, N.S., died because of a recent cold snap, says Snow Island Salmon Inc.
The company could not say how many fish died.
The fish deaths have sparked concerns among residents who live in the area, but company manager Robert Taylor said the fish died because of the stormy weather over the past few weeks.
“We’ve had a provincial veterinarian; she was out on the site on Thursday. She took samples of the fish and it’s consistent with what we reported. The fatalities are weather related. They will confirm it later this week,” he said.

Chang ' an village pond of 5,000 pounds of fish a night deaths suspected caused by upstream sewage

Fish pond floating in a large number of dead fish
Wait for another month, careful breeding over more than 10,000 pounds of fish can fetch a good price. Just overnight, more than half of the fish emerged over the white belly. Faced with sudden changes, terrestrial liming villager Wang Xiaowei mingduzhen very sad. Money who wanted to sell fish in new houses, fish died, Wang Xiaowei dream has burst.

Fish die in thousands at Lake Keepit
THOUSANDS of fish have been found dead on the eastern shore of Lake Keepit, northeast of Gunnedah.
New South Wales Fisheries on Wednesday reportedly launched an investigation into the deaths Murray cod, yellow belly, bream and carp at the Manilla Ski Gardens.
The cause is believed to be low oxygen levels, but sample testing could prove inconclusive because experts believe the fish have been dead too long.
Fishermen say fish were also seen gasping at the surface and hundreds of shrimp, since cleaned up by local birdlife, were seen climbing out of the water.
The fish deaths occurred along a 2km stretch in the upper end of the lake known as “the forest”, which has been inspected by a NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) fisheries officer.
The DPI says the kill was first observed on Monday but only reported to the department on Wednesday.
A DPI spokesman reportedly says water above the kill appeared dirty compared to downstream and weather conditions before the kill were hot and dry.
That was followed by afternoon thunderstorms, with about 25mm of rain recorded in the area.
Those factors and a dam increase from 34.5 per cent capacity at the time to a current capacity of 40 per cent are believed to have caused low dissolved oxygen levels.
“No water samples have been collected because the delay in reporting the kill means that the results would be inconclusive,” the DPI spokesman is quoted.
He says it proves the importance of reporting fish kills as soon as possible to ensure fish and water quality samples can be obtained close to the time of an incident.
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Significant fish kill on river Dodder

A file image of a fish kill. Inland Fisheries Ireland is investigating a kill upstream of Old Bawn bridge on the Dodder river in Tallaght, Dublin.

River bungle kills thousands of fish

AUTHORITIES are investigating the deaths of thousands of fish in a coastal river system east of Port Campbell.
The deaths have angered anglers and Princetown residents, who have slammed authorities’ decision to open the Gellibrand River estuary at Princetown.
An Environment Protection Authority spokeswoman said the EPA was aware of the deaths and had contacted the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, which will investigate further.
The CCMA says fish such as black bream, estuary perch, yellow-eyed mullet and smaller species died after Parks Victoria opened the estuary to the ocean last week.
Opening the mouth of the Gellibrand River to the ocean has killed thousands of fish.
Opening the mouth of the Gellibrand River to the ocean has killed thousands of fish.

Heavy die-off of fish around Presque Isle Bay

UPDATED: MARCH 1, 2013 1:47 AM

By GERRY WEISS, Erie Times-News 

If you have seen thousands of dead fish washed up across the shorelines of Presque Isle Bay, you're not alone.

Biologists and other officials with the Department of Environmental Protection began spotting the gizzard shad about two weeks ago.

The fish kill is a natural occurrence, and is unrelated to pollution, officials with DEP's northwest regional office said.

"We're talking about upward of a million fish," said Jim Grazio, DEP's Great Lakes biologist in Erie.

Grazio called the fish kill a "very heavy die-off" that officials haven't seen locally in 10 to 15 years.

"The die-off is ongoing. It's not done," the biologist added. "You can see fish struggling at the surface of the water."

Gizzard shad, especially young ones, are particularly sensitive to cold temperatures.

"They likely began dying under the ice several weeks ago," said Gary Clark, a DEP community relations coordinator based in Meadville. "Warmer temperatures melted the ice and exposed them."

Grazio said he doesn't know why our region is seeing such a heavy die-off of gizzard shad this year.

"Presque Isle Bay provides a warm refuge from the cold temperatures of Lake Erie," he added. "Maybe the fish simply congregated in the bay in greater numbers than in years past."

Grazio said on Wednesday there was a "dramatic accumulation" of thousands of dead fish on the shorelines near Presque Isle State Park's Vista 1 parking lot.

Clark said the gizzard shad have also been spotted on the lakeside and bayside around Marina Lake, Misery Bay and Horseshoe Pond.

"It's nothing to worry about. We'll continue to monitor it," Clark added.

"But if you see them, don't handle dead or dying fish. If you're out there walking your dog, I wouldn't let them get near the fish."

DEP officials said there will be no large cleanup of the small herrings.

"They will rot and recycle into the environment," Grazio said. "It's a nuisance in terms of people who go out there should expect a stinky spring."

Clark on Thursday said the DEP "does not expect a secondary fish kill to occur in the main body of Presque Isle Bay."

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