Over A Million Fish Dead in Thai River and Other Mass Fish Deaths
In news that just came out of Bangkok…over a million farmed fish have died due to a sudden drop in oxygen levels in the waters of one of Thailand’s key rivers, the Chao Phraya river.
Entire sections of the river and neighboring areas were declared disaster zones after the fish started dying. Officials don’t know what exactly caused the oxygen levels to drop to levels between zero and 0.5%, when fish need at least 3% to survive. The fisheries department of Thailand suspected that either a sugar boat that capsized prior to this event released harmful toxins and chemicals into the river or that harmful pollutants from industries upstream are to blame for this mass death of tubtim fish, a type of tilapia.
Local villagers suspected that factories that produce a food additive called mono-sodium glutamate, released untreated water into the river which flows directly to the capital, Bangkok. The agriculture ministry pledged to compensate the fisheries for their losses which equated to around $1.3 million dollars.
1000 Sea Turtles Dead, 100,000+ tilapia fish dead, Blue Jellyfish Invade AU
Conservationists blamed fisherman for poorly laid nets for the cause of dead sea turtles, but fisherman deny the charges saying they rarely catch sea turtles. The evidence conservationists had were the bulging eyes and neck of the sea turtles, which indicates that they have died due to lack of oxygen. However it is possible that high pH levels in the water created dead zones hotspots in the oceans where these sea turtles came through and then suffocated.
The Blue Jellyfish in Australia are another example of how warming waters are reaking havoc on the marine life. More than 30,000 people were stung by the blue jellyfish in 2006, which is twice as many than in 2005. Scientists are blaming this on warming ocean temperatures which cause the blue jellyfish to grow in numbers. This phenomenon is consistant across the world with all varieties of jellyfish growing in numbers.
3 Million Fish Suffocates Due to Drought in Columbia
1320 tons of dead tilapia have suffocated in a southern Columbian reservoir in a recent four month drought. This equates to approximately 3 million fish that didn’t have enough oxygen to breath due to a drought that has caused the water levels in the reservoir to shrink drastically. The levels of water decreased by 86 feet in the months leading up to this event. The local fish industry lost an estimated $2 million worth of exports to the US and Europe. This is another classic example of how climate change is potentially affecting people in different parts of the world.
Millions of Fish Dead After Storm On Top Rated Beach In Scotland
Millions of fish including crab, plaice and flounder, starfish, scallops and an octopus washed up on 5 miles of top rated beach front in Scotland. 80 percent of them have died, while staff have been trying to get some back to the sea. This has all happened over a three day period according to a general manager of a nearby aquarium. Couple this with fisherman that are overfishing and re-dumping dead fish back into the sea…and we have a serious problem for our animal friends that live in the ocean.
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