Thousands of dead #fish wash up along the coast of #Ecuador

Fish Kill Alert

The appearance of thousands of dead fish in the coasts of Manta, Manabí and in Balao, Guayas generated consternation among residents and tourists last weekend.

According to the authorities, the first sighting occurred on May 4 at the Esteros beach in Manta. A second report was registered on May 5 in the offshore branches of the Balao canton. The phenomenon went viral in social networks.

The Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries undertook an investigation to determine what caused the mass death of fish. The Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries warned in a press release that the fish are not suitable for consumption.

The Undersecretariat of Fisheries Resources, the National Fisheries Institute and the Ministry of Environment investigate whether the phenomenon is linked to the contamination of marine waters or the spillage of chemicals or fuel from fishing vessels.

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