When I compile these lists of fish kills, I find myself saying the same thing. Yes, I know it’s something that has happened before. I know the ready availability of information on the internet makes the stories more accessible and they get reported more because news outlets know it brings in readers and viewers.
What concerns me is the regularity of eye-witness and expert descriptions using phrases like “record setting”, “inexplicable”, and “unprecedented” or, “I’ve been here for 28 years and I’ve never seen anything like it.” or “I haven’t seen this density before,”, or “We have never seen anything like that” in the 17 years [we’ve lived here]”.
If you believe that this is a sign of the end of the world, feel free, but I take it as a sign that we are “shitting where we live”, if you’ll pardon my crudeness.
Personally, I think climate change is related to many of the oxygen deprivation cases. Whatever the cause, aberrant weather patterns on a global scale combined with pollution has increased the volume of animals and fish affected.
So, I’ll keep tracking this because it interests me, because it’s shocking, and because it’s yet another sign of the changes our world is going through. If you think you can keep living here and not be affected, think again. Next time the fish might be rotting in YOUR backyard.
Tons of dead fish cleared from Hoyt Lake - Buffalo NY - April 12th, 2011 - oxygen deprivation
Thousands of dead fish in River Rouge - Michigan - April 12, 2011 - “cold weather”
500-100 fish dead in UK Ponds - London April 12, 2011 - oxygen deprivation
100 Dead Fish in Cedar Creek - Allentown, PA - April 10, 2011 - cause unknown
100 dead fish in triple Creek - Longview TX - April 10, 2011 - oxygen deprivation from sewage leak
100 Dead fish in park pond - Madison MS - April 12, 2011 - oxygen deprivation
Company fined for 50 fish deaths - South Wales, UK - April 12th, 2011 - sewage leak
Hundreds of dead fish in lagoon - Ontario - April 8th, 2011 - oxygen deprivation
Dozens of sea lions poisoned - South Bay/Santa Monica CA - April 12, 2011
Citizen protest over thousands of dead fish on Anglesea River in October 2010 sparks probe - Australia - April 8th, 2011 - acidic waters blamed
Farmer fined after silage spill kills 800-1000 fish - Lancashire England - April 4, 2011
36 Connecticut lakes and ponds have reported mass fish kills -April 8th, 2011 - cold winter and oxygen deprivation blamed
“We looked behind us and it’s like oh my God,” Wierzbicki said. “I saw all these fish piled up. We’ve seen stuff like that before, but this went out 2 to 3 feet, stacked up on top of each other, it’s awful.”
The DEP said winter fish kills have been reported at three dozen of the state’s ponds and lakes. That’s already more than all of last year.
To read more about mass fish kills and whale strandings and dramatic earth changes check out my other Round-ups:
- They’re everywhere! Massive Insect Plagues & Infestations - March 2011 Round-up
- Dead Fish Round-up March 31st
- Dead Fish Round-up - March 30th
- Pattern Recognition - Mass whale & Dolphins strandings 2011
- Pattern Recognition - Dramatic Earth Changes: Trying to make sense of odd seismic activity
- Cracked Earth Round-up - Indonesia, Phillipines, Thailand, California
- Food Crisis News Round-up - 2/28/2011
- Pattern Recognition - Food Crisis News - April 10, 2011