Chemical spill

Concerning the phenomenon of dead fish in the sea area of ​​Nghi Son Tinh and Hai Commune, Tinh Gia district, Thanh Hoa, on 28/9, Le Van Son, deputy Chi Chi Thanh Hoa provincial Animal Health Department said: Departments receive test results on water samples, samples of dead fish in the sea area of ​​Nghi Son Tinh and Hai commune, Tinh Gia district center by the Central Veterinary diagnostic tests. Test results showed dead fish here is not related to the disease. However indicators Ammonia (NH3) and COD indicators (oxygen required for oxidation of all of the inorganic, organic seawater) exceeds the permitted norm.

According to the test results of water samples in waters Tinh Hai (the detection of wild fish die), the 7 samples with COD are measured exceeds a certain level in aquaculture from 2.45 to 5.29 times; particularly seawater samples at Nghi Son island commune with COD 2 samples exceeded the permitted norms from 3.05 to 4.49 times, and ammonia (NH3) exceeds a certain level in aquaculture from 10.8 to 32 , 8 times. Other indicators, such as cyanide, sulphide are within the allowable limits.

QUẢNG BÌNH — The initial damage central Quảng Bình Province suffered from mass fish deaths is estimated at more than VNĐ2.7 trillion (US$120 million) as of June and could mount to some VNĐ4 trillion ($178 million) by the end of this year, the provincial People’s Committee said yesterday.

The incident has seriously affected the lives and psychology of locals. Local agriculture and tourism have been significantly hurt, Nguyễn Hữu Hoài, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee said.

The local seafood raising and processing industry and salt making in the province are estimated to lost VNĐ1.25 trillion ($56 million) as of June and are expected to lose VNĐ2.3 trillion ($102 million) by the end of this year.

The local tourism industry, which hosts nearly 300 facilities and welcomes over 3 million tourists every year, also faced about a VNĐ1.4 trillion ($62 million) loss. That loss is predicted to reach VNĐ1.67 trillion ($74 million) by December this year.

Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp. (FHS) has apologized for causing an environment disaster in central Vietnam and promised to pay US$500 million in compensation, the Vietnamese government said Thursday afternoon.

FHS, a subsidiary of Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics, has been in hot water over the past two months after hundred of tons of fish washed ashore in April in four central Vietnamese provinces Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue. The steel mill is in its final stage of construction in Ha Tinh’s Vung Ang Industrial Zone.

More than 100 scientists, including foreign experts, joined an investigation into the mass fish deaths, Minister Mai Tien Dung, Chairman of the Office of the Government, said at a long-awaited press conference in Hanoi Thursday afternoon.

They found out that industrial waste containing phenol, cyanide and iron hydroxides in the water killed the fish. The source of the waste was traced back to FHS, according to Minister Dung.

Officials are still awaiting test results but fish farmers believe that untreated waste discharged by factories along the Dong Nai River had killed a large number of fish in just one night.

A total of 241 families in Dong Nai Province said they woke up on Monday and found most of their fish dead, floating on the river surface. There has been no official estimate of the damage.

Nguyen Dinh Thanh estimated that he lost more than VND1 billion (US$44,400) after more than 10 tons of fish died. He said the fish was almost ready for sale.

For more than ten years l ocals have been setting up fish farms along a branch of the Dong Nai, which is the longest river that runs entirely within Vietnam.

They said the fish started dying in a small number first on December 31, and while they were waiting for local officials to investigate the cause, the fish suddenly died en mass.

The farmers said the fish must have died because of waste discharged by many factories along the Dong Nai. “Only chemical pollution in the water could kill that many fish that fast,” one of them said.

Far more young endangered sea turtles were likely exposed to toxic oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion five years ago than previously thought, according to a new study from University of Miami researchers published this week.

The number may be as high as 320,000 because previous counts failed to account for nesting turtle moms and hatchlings from across the Atlantic, researchers said.

“There is a perception that the spills’ impacts were largely contained to the northern Gulf of Mexico, because that is where the oil remained,” said lead author Nathan Putman, a researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at UM’s Rosenstiel School.

But using a model to backtrack oil from the explosion that dumped 210 million gallons over 87 days, Putnam’s team calculated the probability of young turtles being in the Gulf. The model factored in population sizes, survival rates and other information from 35 major nesting beaches and came up with more than 320,000

Canola spill happened near site of mass fish deaths in Cockburn Sound: WA Government

Updated December 03, 2015 10:33:15

A grain spill occurred near the site of a mass fish death in Perth’s south around the same time the fatalities started, authorities have said.

Investigators are still unsure what caused the deaths in Cockburn Sound, with as many as 14 species of fish affected since they were first noticed last month.

The Department of Fisheries believes a water quality issue is responsible, but has been unable to identify a single definitive cause.

However the State Government has told Parliament that a canola spill occurred at the Kwinana Grain Jetty sometime between November 18-22.

The fish deaths were first noticed early on November 19.

“Although this was cleaned up by Co-operative Bulk Handling, some may have entered Cockburn Sound,” Mental Health Minister Helen Morton told Parliament, answering on behalf of Environment Minister Albert Jacob.

“Analysis results of grain from this vessel from the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture indicates there were no pesticides present in the sa

GLEN COVE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Long Island waters have seen yet another massive fishkill, with fish seen floating near the shores of Glen Cove Creek — many dead, but others just fighting to survive.

“There’s a lot of fish in a small area, they use up the oxygen and they’re fighting to breathe,” Lt. Lawrence Demmler, of the Glen Cove Harbor Patrol, said.

Demmler estimates well over a hundred thousand bunker fish have crowded the creek this year, opening their gills and mouths to desperately try to draw in more oxygen.

Dozens of fish have already died, with some sinking to the bottom. Others have floated to the shore to be picked apart by seagulls, CBS2’s Elise Finch reported.

“They’re just waiting for an easy meal,” Demmler said of the seagulls. “They’ve been doing it all morning.”

This recent die-off follows another massive fish die-off earlier this year on Long Island’s East End, where tens of thousands of dead fish were seen floating along the shores of the Peconic Bay.

A variety of dead fish began turning up about a week ago in Sager Creek after “upset conditions” were observed at a wastewater treatment plant operated by the city of Siloam Springs, Ark. The number of dead fish grew from about 700 on Oct. 1 to “several thousand” found at two locations along portions of the creek flowing west of the state line.

Holland Hayden, communications director for the city of Siloam Springs, said the upset — a technical term used to describe a sudden, unexpected and uncontrollable event that prevents proper operations — appears to have been caused by an unauthorized discharge from an industrial user. Early reports indicated that discharge may have come from a local cannery, but Hayden said a final determination has yet to be made.

“We are waiting to see some of our reports that will come back so we can analyze what exactly came in to us and what caused the upset,” Hayden said. “That is where all of our energy is going right now: trying to keep the plant up and running and healthy, but trying to figure out where that upset came from is really our priority right now.”

Residents slam government officials for not warning them of toxic RAAF chemicals at Williamtown base

By Dan Cox

Updated September 17, 2015 13:46:43

Residents affected by a toxic leak of chemicals once used in firefighting foams at the Williamtown RAAF base have blasted officials for not telling them years ago.

More than 300 locals turned out on Wednesday evening to hear from an expert panel of government officials from areas including defence, health, water and primary industries.

In the last few weeks, residents have been told to stop drinking bore water and warned not to eat local seafood and eggs.

Two separate inquiries have since been announced, including one by NSW chief scientist Mary O’Kane.

Residents are angry they were not told of the risks in 2012, as soon as the Department of Defence knew the chemicals had leaked.

“I’m concerned because if these people have known about this for three years, why haven’t we been told about it earlier?” said Glenn from Williamtown.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have proliferated in some of the natural water bodies of Kuttanad and have found way to the tiger prawns which grow there, according to a scientific analysis.

The presence of the drug-resistant bacteria was found to be comparatively higher in natural waters than in prawns grown in a farmed environment, indicating that antibiotic residues are reaching the natural systems of the region. A team of scientists from Kerala reached this conclusion after isolating nearly 1,000 strains of bacteria from both the natural and farmed environments of the prawns.

The group of researchers comprising K.M. Mujeeb Rahiman, A. A. Mohamed Hatha of the Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, School of Marine Sciences of the Cochin University of Science and Technology, and A Deborah Gnana Selvam and A. P Thomas of the School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, have come out with their conclusions in a scientific paper titled, ‘Relative prevalence of antibiotic resistance among heterotrophic bacteria from natural and culture environments of freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium Rosenbergii.’