Fish & Ocean Life Continue to Die at Alarming Rates

A collection of recent stories reporting the continued die off of fish and other ocean life:

Another mass die-off: Millions of fish found dead in China

(NaturalNews) Two days before the massive 9.0+ magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, millions of dead fish were found mysteriously blanketing waters at King Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach, Calif. And in a similar turn of events, millions of dead fish were recently discovered floating in China’s Minjiang River — just a coincidence, or a sign of worse things to come? What’s on Xiamen, a Chinese news source, reports that countless millions of dead fish were found floating on a large portion of the Minjiang River stretching from Huangtian in Gutian County, to Shuikou, an area that represents the largest grass carp breeding region in China’s Fujian Province. As many as nine million fish have reportedly died in Huangtian alone, thus far. “All the fish in Huangtian floated onto the river on August 27, 28 and 29,” said Wei Maoci to Chinese reporters. Maoci, who owns his own fish farm, was the first of many farmers to experience massive and unexplained fish deaths and he reportedly lost the equivalent of roughly $470,000 worth of fish as a result. – Natural News.com

Fish kills reported in Neuse River in wake of Irene

Staff members from both the N.C. Division of Water Quality and state Wildlife Resources Commission agencies report that oxygen levels in the rivers have steadily decreased each day since the hurricane passed on Aug. 27. As the oxygen levels decrease, staff have seen stressed fish gasping for oxygen and others dying. – ENC Today

NC officials: Avoid eating, touching dead fish

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Widespread fish kills in eastern North Carolina are an expected impact from Hurricane Irene, and officials with the State Division of Public Health warn residents to avoid eating or touching the dead fish. Scientists estimate that hundreds of fish have turned up dead in rivers, including the Northeast Cape Fear River, since Irene made landfall August 27. “We came out here to check out the water and there was dead fish everywhere,” said fisherman Dan Siuta. “There’s dead catfish floating around.” – WECT

Overwhelmed by putrid fish smell

PAM and Peter Clarke were hoping to enjoy the recent balmy weather in the backyard of their Ballina home until they opened their back doors and were overwhelmed by a horrible smell. The couple live in the North Lakes estate and their home backs onto a canal which, as it turns out, was the location of a significant fish kill last week. Mrs Clarke said council workers cleaned up hundreds of dead fish that were scattered in the lakes of the estate. However, they did not pick up all of them and some are now rotting in the canal behind their house. The result is a revolting stench that greets the Clarkes when they go to bask in the afternoon sun. – Northern Star

Biologists Set To Rescue Fish From Drying Texas Rivers

The Texas Parks & Wildlife has been talking about this for months, now. Back in July, the department put out a long, explanatory press release on what’s happening to wildlife as the drought deepens. One of the important things they note is that when water doesn’t fall from the sky, animals turn to spring-fed ponds, or water that comes from the earth. According to TPWD, animals have survived long droughts in the past, but our consumption of water is making droughts more severe. – NPR.com

Deep Lake Fish Kills Attributed to Oxygen, Water Temperature

Dead fish in Bull shoals, Norfolk and Beaver lakes in north Arkansas have resulted in questions and concerns from a number of Arkansans.  It is a natural and somewhat seasonal phenomenon, according to Ken Shirley, a veteran district fisheries biologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The situation was complicated this year because of unusual and prolonged high levels on the lakes resulting from heavy spring rains. – KATV.com

Water monitored after dead fish spotted

County officials said Friday night they were testing the water at Boca Chica beach to determine whether to issue any type of warning after dead fish were found along the shore— possible victims of red tide. People with asthma or other respiratory problems can be particularly sensitive to red tide, and there were already reports of people reacting to something at the beach. Cameron County Commissioner Sofia C. Benavides, of Precinct 1, visited the shore Friday and reported that the water was not red. However, she said she experienced irritation to her throat, a common symptom of red tide. Willie Cupit, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department coastal ecologist, said Friday morning he hadn’t received a report of the fish kill, but that it would be investigated. Cupit said Thursday that the presence of red tide in the Brownsville Ship Channel was confirmed. “We were kind of holding our breath. It’s going to spread. It’s just kind of a waiting game,” he said Friday. “You can’t really pre-dict where it’s going to go.” – The Brownsville Herald

Red Tide Killing Abalone off California

The sudden death of thousands of red abalone and other invertebrates along the Sonoma County Coast over the past few weeks has prompted state wildlife officials to propose an indefinite ban on abalone fishing while biologists search for a cause. The California Fish and Game Commission passed an emergency order Thursday to close the only abalone fishery in the state after continued reports of dead mollusks along the shoreline and in the water in Bodega Bay, Russian Gulch, Fort Ross, Timber Cove and Salt Point State Park. California Department of Fish and Game officials said the mass die-off was caused by an unusual and virulent red tide. “It is an unprecedented event,” said Ian Taniguchi, the senior marine biologist for fish and game. “It’s definitely going to affect the fishery. It is such a significant event that it may change how we manage the overall abalone fishery in the future.” – SF Gate

Tar balls, dead marine life raise more questions about oil in the gulf

Though BP has continued to deny that any of its gulf wells are leaking oil, a large-scale oil slick reported in the area is worrying Gulf Coast watchdogs. Concerns abound that the oil could spell trouble for area fisheries, especially since reports of dead dolphins have persisted in recent days. Since Tropical Storm Lee recently made landfall in the Gulf Coast region, tar balls have started washing up on the shores of Louisiana all the way to Florida. Dramatic videos published last week on the site Black Oil, Red Blood shows that oil is indeed still a problem. Whether that is the result of a new leak or a remnant of last year’s Deepwater Horizon spill remains a mystery. (Photos of a dolphin skeleton that washed up in Biloxi, Miss., are also shown.) According to the site, these images were taken “during the past few weeks and months, at a time when BP has engaged in an aggressive, multi-million dollar advertising campaign which proclaims to the country that Gulf beaches are clean, safe, and open for business.” – The Florida Independant

Isaiah 50:2 “Why was no one there when I came? Why was there no one to answer when I called? Is My hand too short to redeem? Or do I have no power to deliver? Look, I dry up the sea by My rebuke; I turn the rivers into a wilderness; their fish rot because of lack of water and die of thirst.”

The seas will steam up and much water will evaporate up into the atmosphere as Yahweh reforms the canopy around this planet. With that action, many fish and other sea creatures will perish. Mankind will make a vain effort to harvest dying fish populations to fish farms and hatcheries, but all will fail in salvaging what must perish.

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