This very large catfish (about 60cm long) was resting along the rock bund near the water surface.
From the Main Bridge, I saw this small sea catfish swimming near the surface. I didn't see any other fishes under the bridge.It was distressing to see a dead halfbeak near the sluice gate at the Main Bridge.
I walked along the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Extension from the Wetland Centre to Eagle Point during the incoming high tide. There continued to be about 10-15 dead fishes for every 5m of accumulated floating debris. Mostly wild fishes, small and large. I saw about 10 large fishes that were well decomposing, but most of the fishes I saw today appear 'freshly dead'. There was no strong stench, just the usual smell of drying dead fish near concentrations of dead fishes.
|Fish D: Pufferfish, 4 seen about 10cm long, wild.|
|Fish E: Tripodfish, 2 seen about 10cm long, wild|
|Fish G: Spotted sicklefish, 10 seen about 15cm long, wild.|
|Fish H: Spotted scat, 2 seen about 15cm long, wild.|
|Fish I: Tilapia, 3 seen about 15cm long, wild.|
|Fish J: Sea catfish, 4 seen, about 60cm long, wild.|
|Fish K: Flatfish? wild|
|Fish L: Milkfish or mullet, about 20cm long.|
|Fish M: Tilapia? wild.|
media article, the fish farmers say they are not experiencing any farm fish deaths at the moment.
We are now in a spring tide period, although it is not a strong spring tide. The possibility of a bloom is higher during the neap tide period next week, when there is less water exchange.
Update on the East Johor Strait situation
AVA has finally come out to publicly share full details of the mass fish deaths. According to AVA, the bloom was caused by Karlodinium veneficum. Media articles here.
Update on Pasir Ris
Our regular reporter says: "Today looked back to usual between Api Api and Tampines though there was lots of sediments in the water. Couldn't see a thing in areas that are usually clear. "
[Update 7 Mar: Sean Yap shared - "Pasir ris shore update - 6 Mar 2015, 10:45PM. Not a single carcass! Things looking good for now, hope it stays that way."]
Update on Changi Point
[Update 7 Mar: Xu Weiting shared - "Today (6 Mar), we didn't see any dead fishes on the shore near Changi Carpark 1. However, the seine did bring up a few fish carcass and they were covered with crabs. Also, the cleaners were also sweeping up any debris left by the high tide pretty fast. The cleaners did mention they still observed a few dead fishes in the morning but the volume has definitely decreased."]
You CAN make a difference: Dead Fish Alert!
Please help me monitor dead fishes washing up on the Johor Straits. Please let me know if you see large numbers (more than 10) especially of large dead fishes (more than 20cm long) washing up on the northern shores such as Pulau Ubin, Lim Chu Kang, Sungei Buloh, Kranji, Woodlands Waterfront, Sembawang, Punggol, Lorong Halus, Pasir Ris, Changi.
There are too many shores for me to personally check, so I really appreciate any info or photos that you can share. Thank you!