40,000 TONS of Salmon and 8,000 TONS of Sardines have washed up dead, due to red tide in Chile
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A huge amount of dead salmon and sardines are accumulating on the Pacific coast of Chile since early this year due to the effect of climate phenomenon known as El Niño, reports Telesur .
It is estimated that water has expelled Chilean beaches a total of 40,000 tons of Salomes in the region of Los Lagos, representing 12% of the annual production of salmon from Chile. This month also appeared 8,000 tons of sardines in the mouth of the river Queule.
In addition, they have also discovered thousands of dead shellfish and clams stacked on the coast of the Big Island of Chiloe, as well as several cuttlefish dead on the shores of the island of Santa Maria.
Scientists blame these anomalies climate phenomenon El Niño, which causes warming of the surface waters in the Pacific Ocean Ecuador, next to the American continent, raising them to higher temperatures than normal. To this other phenomenon known as red tides, which is the presence of small algae called alexandrium catenella, which generate a venom causes paralysis of the nervous system and kills shellfish and seafood of the area adds. In addition, consumption can be harmful to both other animals and humans.
Meanwhile, fishermen in the region of Los Lagos in Chile, maintain a blockade access to the big island of Chiloe in protest at the lack of support they receive from the government to offset the effects caused by the death of these marine species.
Courtesy of actualized.rt.com