A worldwide crisis of dying fish are reported all across the globe.
While there has always been smaller reports of incidences such as this throughout history, the recent events are huge, with many cases reporting as many as 30 tons of fish. Countries that have been hit include China, Chile and Vietnam.
At present there is no explanation for the deaths of so many fish, but it certainly has got environmental officials worried.
This report in the Smithsonian was recently published, entitled “Why Are Chilean Beaches Covered With Dead Animals?” which documents the recent occurrences of dead fish filling the Chilean shores.
The numbers of dead sea life in Chile are shocking, 300 whales, 8,000 tons of sardines, and nearly 12 percent of the country’s annual salmon catch have all be lost to the epidemic.
While the deaths are extremely worrying to the Chilean authorities, they have no idea what the cause is.
In Vietnam the problem is so big that soldiers have been deployed across beaches to bury the dead fish in the sands, in an attempt to shield the problem from the locals and tourists.
The Telegraph reported on an other such case in Bolivia, from the article –
“Thousands of dead fish have washed up onto the shores of a lake in Bolivia.
Just before they died, some of the fish had just hatched from their eggs in lake Alalay, in the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba.
No one yet knows the number of dead fish, but they have stockpiled five cubic metres (177 cubic feet) so far, so it’s possible there is over a tonne of dead fish in the lake.”
These instances give a strong case to environment protectors who have been warning about the pollution of the seas in recent years.