Mass Fish Kills: Hundreds Of Dead Fish Found in New Zealand and Brazil

By on Jan 7, 2011 in Animals, Australia, South America, Weird Comments

Few days ago, several incidents of dead birds have been reported from Arkansas, Lousiana, Sweden and just recently, dead turtle doves in Italy. Mass crab deaths have been reported as well that littered the beach coast in Britain. The biggest fish kills that have been reported early this year were found in Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

In relation to these incidents, another mysterious case of fish kills have been reported in New Zealand and in Paranagua in Brazil.

According to international reports, hundreds of dead snappers were washed up in Coromandel Peninsula beaches in New Zealand on Tuesday, January 4, 2011. Dead fishes were seen floating in the water as early as 5am and were washed ashore with eyes missing on some of them.

Snapper Dead Fish
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Residents near the bay were told by the Department of Conservation that it was most likely that the fishes were starved due to weather conditions. However, residents did not think that was the case because most of the fishes were big and healthy.

New Zealand‘s Fisheries Ministry officials said that they are currently investigating the situation and they could not yet tell what the cause was.

Meanwhile, a similar incident of fish kills in Brazil have been reported in which hundreds of fishes have turned up dead since Thursday off the coast of Parana, Paranagua.

Dead Fish Wash Ashore
Image Credit: Sott.net

According to reports, the dead fishes were composed of sardine, croaker and catfish. Samples were taken by the representatives from the Environmental Institute of Paraná (IAP) and the Secretary of State for the Environment and Water Resources (SEMA) to examine the death of the fishes in such a large scale.

In New Zealand, Ministry of Fisheries official Brendon Mikkelsen said the fish is unsafe to eat. On the other hand, public in Paranagua has been warned through a press statement that the sale of seafood will be temporarily suspended in the region and the public should not consume or purchase these products for safety measures.



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