18 April 2014

Still lots of dead fishes at Sungei Buloh

I saw lots of dead fishes floating in with the incoming high tide at the Main Bridge at Sungei Buloh.
The fishes looked less 'freshly dead' and were probably the same ones I saw yesterday. Besides the many farm fishes, I saw one dead catfish and one dead Scat. It was raining and I couldn't see any of the usual wild fishes. There were even some dead farm fishes at the Mangrove Boardwalk.

I hobbled over to the first shelter in the Mangrove Boardwalk. The water and ground appears mostly clear of dead farm fishes.
There were only a few dead farm fishes.
Solomon Anthony took these photos yesterday from Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Showing large numbers of dead floating farm fishes very close a Singapore fish farm just off the Reserve.

Where did all these dead farm fishes come from?

According to this TODAY article (also on wildsingapore news):
"A plankton bloom was, however, not detected yesterday, said a joint statement from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the National Parks Board (NParks) in response to TODAY’s queries.

When AVA inspectors visited coastal fish farms in the West Johor Straits, none were found to have been affected. The inspectors also did not detect abnormalities there, such as mass mortalities. The AVA said it is monitoring the situation closely, while NParks said it would be removing the dead fish at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

The authorities did not give an estimate of the number of dead fish in the area.

The AVA also said it conducts regular inspections of fish farms for compliance with licensing conditions, which include requiring the farms to ensure waste generated from farming operations is properly disposed in approved waste containers on land.

For the West Johor Straits, a skip tank and bins at Lim Chu Kang Jetty are designated as waste collection points.

“The AVA has been working closely with local farmers to encourage good farm practices, including proper waste management. In addition, we work with relevant agencies to detect illegal dumping of waste into the sea by fish farms. We will take enforcement action if farms are found to be disposing their farm waste into the water,” said the AVA.


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