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Mass die off of fish, birds, manatees, shark and other marine life due to red tide in Florida, USA

Florida’s southwest coast, a ribbon of inlets and barrier islands normally brimming with wildlife, has become a red tide slaughterhouse this summer.

Dead fish by the thousands have clogged inlets and canals. Since Sunday, 10 dead Goliath grouper, the massive reef fish that can live four decades or more, have floated to the surface. At least 90 sea turtles have been found stranded as the tide stretches well into nesting season. And Tuesday, as hundreds of residents packed a standing-room-only Cape Coral yacht club to hear about the federal government’s efforts to deal with water conditions, a dead manatee washed up at a nearby boat ramp.

The list goes on: earlier this month the carcass of a whale shark was found on a Sanibel beach with red tide in its muscles, liver, intestines and stomach. Hundreds of double-breasted cormorants, brown pelicans and other seabirds have been sickened or died.

Coupled with a massive blue-green algae bloom that spread across Lake Okeechobee and snaked down the Caloosahatchee River in June, the dire conditions have infuriated businesses and residents, and drawn national attention to the normally quiet tourist towns.

“This is horrific what we’re enduring now, but it needs to be a wake-up call to people that clean water is important to more than just wildlife,” said Heather Barron, a veterinarian and research director at Sanibel’s CROW Clinic wildlife rescue center, which began treating poisoned birds as early as October. “As the person dealing with all these hundreds of dying animals, I’m upset.”

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Hundreds of dead fish found in a lake in Kansas, USA

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People in one Wichita neighborhood found hundreds of dead fish in their community lake on Thursday.

“Yesterday, the lake was covered with them. Today, the winds have brought them over to this corner,” said Greg Cannon.

Cannon’s backyard faces the lake. He said he was letting the dogs out on Thursday near 21st and Maize Road when he noticed a stench in the air and something floating in the water.

“I didn’t really see that many dead fish, but a couple hours later they were all over the place,” Cannon said. “It smells a little bit like a fish market.”

Neighbor Al Thimmesch echoed Cannon’s statement.

“I was going to come out and fish and the next thing I see is dead fish,” said Thimmesch. “I hate to see them floating, besides they stink.”

A fishery biologist with the Kansas Wildlife & Parks Department said a fish kill isn’t uncommon in a small body of water. The biologist said a reduction in oxygen triggered by an algae bloom may have caused the kills, but he is not certain.

The Aberdeen HOA president, who is in charge of maintaining the lake, added white perch, a non-native species, could also be to blame.

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Thousands of dead fish wash up in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA

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Thousands of dead fish that washed up behind Assembly Square in Somerville earlier this week likely died of natural causes, marine officials said.

Photos taken by Douglas McRay Daniels showed a countless number of fish washed up near the commuter rail tracks at Assembly Station.

Water samples taken in the area did not show any problems with oil or hazardous materials, indicating the deaths were not pollution-related, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

The Division of Marine Fisheries determined that the deaths were likely due to natural causes, such as aggregations for spawning, predator avoidance, localized oxygen depletion, and rising water temperatures.

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Thousands of fish die in fish farms in Banjar Regency, Indonesia

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Although he had been given an appeal by the Fisheries Agency BanjarRegency, incidence of death apparently thousands of fish in the waters of Awang Bangkal sub-district Karang Intan, BanjarRegency, keep going.

Since Sunday (22/7/2018) and then, within a day, tons and tons of more types of fish cannot survive afloat on a Keramba Floating Nets (KJA).

Artikel ini telah tayang di dengan judul Thousands of fish in the Keramba Floating in the waters of Awang Bangkal Banjar Die Sudden,

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Hundreds of dead fish appear in a lagoon in Guerrero, Mexico

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Hundreds of dead fish appeared floating on the lagoon of Chantengo, reported inhabitants of this community of the municipality of Florencio Villarreal of the costa chica of Guerrero region. In addition to this, emerging pests smells that, according to the locals had not fielded in the lagoon.

Settlers reported that on Sunday all was well and that it was yesterday morning Monday when the odor and fish floating caused alarm, therefore fear that the problem is due to a chemical.

Inhabitants said they refrain from eating fish from the lagoon of Chantengo until you have information that is what is causing this phenomenon in the lagoon.

Fishermen asked relevant authorities address the issue and conduct a study that determine the causes of death of fish and called on the population in general do not consume the fish until the corresponding studies have.

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Thousands of dead fish appear on the coast of Mahahual, Mexico

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Thousands of dead sardines appear floating on the coast of Mahhual, this day a great surprise took inhabitants of the Mayan coast at the height of the Bermejo River 6 km south of this town.

Mayor José Rosas mentioned that it is due to sargassum, species such as seahorse and other species have been affected, no environmental authority is monitoring this phenomenon.

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14,749 fish die in a river near Nenagh, Ireland

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In total, 14,749 fish were found dead over a five kilometre stretch of the river Ollatrim in Co Tipperary.

The majority of the dead fish were lampreys (10,500), with brown trout (1,400), Stoneloach (805), Minnow (1,820), Salmon (70), Crayfish (70) and Stickleback (84) also among the dead.


Inland Fisheries Ireland immediately commenced an investigation following the discovery of the fish. Indications are that the fish kill occurred on Sunday 8 July.

The investigation to identify the source of the fish kill is continuing this week. The cause appears to have been a chemical agent, possibly a herbicide or pesticide, which has now passed through the system.

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Thousands of dead fish found in ponds in Maricopa, Arizona, USA

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Residents of a Maricopa neighborhood are growing concerned over a large number of dead fish being found in their community ponds.

“My first reaction was, ‘what the heck is going on here?’” said resident Kevin Mcclelland.

“Probably another two, three hundred down there, just scattered all over the lake,” said another resident.

People living in the Rancho El Dorado subdivision in Maricopa said it’s not just the sight of thousands of dead fish but the smell.

“I have a fan outside in my backyard trying to blow the odor away from coming in the house, so it’s very bad,” said Mcclelland.

On Saturday, Mcclelland said he noticed the fish were acting odd.

“Saturday morning I noticed fish bobbing up and down out of the water, I thought they were trying to get gnats on top of the water, but I noticed more than one,” said Mcclelland.

What they were doing was trying to get air.

“It’s typically called a summer kill,” said Marc Dahlberg, with Arizona Fish and Game.

Arizona Fish and Game say large fish kills like this happen when oxygen is depleted from the water during the summer months.

Dahlberg said some cloudy days could halt the growth of aquatic plants, the main producer of oxygen.

“After a while, the oxygen disappears, and the fish start dying,” said Dahlberg, who is not investigating the kill due to it being on private property.

To keep it from happening, most large ponds have aeration systems to keep the water rich with oxygen.

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Thousands of dead fish wash up in the waters of Box Elder County, Utah, USA

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Thousands of carp have been found dead in a small body of water in Box Elder county.

“You kind of walk out, and you get this wall of fish smell,” said Jaxon McFarland, who lives nearby.

“This is the first time I’ve ever experienced this,” he added.

This area is Horseshoe Sloughs, near the Bear River. In recent days, dead fish started appearing on the surface of the shallow water.

“There’s a depletion of oxygen and the carp just cannot survive,” said Phil Douglass with Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

He says the body of water is used for irrigation purposes. And, because we’ve had such a dry summer, nearby farmers have legally tapped into it to irrigate their crops.

But the low water, and high heat, have had a devastating impact on the carp there. Thousands of fish have died.

“From my perspective, there was nothing that was done wrong,” said Douglass.

He says after an investigation, his agency found nothing illegal.

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Thousands of dead fish found in a lake in Illinois, USA

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Residents on Lake Iroquois near Loda wake up to find dead fish floating in their lake Sunday morning.

Environmental agencies say it was caused by a lack of oxygen from the lake turning over.

This means the colder water at the bottom, which has less oxygen, rose to the top causing the fish to suffocate.

Neighbors are still working to clean up the mess.

“Just looking around it seems endless,” said neighbor Nick Rodriquez.

Not one, but thousands of dead fish floated to the top of the Lake overnight.

“We were kind of not knowing what to expect, so when we walked out there and just seeing how they were all laying out…it was unbelievable,” Rodriquez said.

Rodriguez and dozens of other neighbors have been taking turns using nets to pick up the dead fish.

“We had a dump trailer and the red dump truck. We filled that up about four different times and we are on our third hole now that we have dug to bury the fish,” he said.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Natural Resources came out to the lake to do testing.

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