The death of marine life in the South China Sea


Massive fish kills occurred in the South China Sea. August 2011. Photo from

* 08/28/11 * The maritime zone Inshatan near Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province of southern August 26 was an unusual phenomenon — on the shore littered with thousands of dead sea creatures, including a deep-water fish, shrimp and crabs.

According to the Chinese edition of "Southern City", in the early morning fishermen discovered that the entire coastal zone literally covered with dead fish.

However, they did not panic and started to collect the nets of dead sea creatures in their cages.

Maine fisherman named said that two hours Collected about 300 kg of fish. He boasted that he had found bass weighing 18 pounds and sold it to a local restaurant for 888 yuan ($ 126).

The authorities cordoned off the area and urged not to eat dead fish, and do not sell it in public catering.

Fishermen say that among the stranded fish across and deep-sea species that are near the coast are not commonly found.

During the day, dead fish on the bank grew. According to the official in charge of the waters of this, at first they tried to clear the bank, but then threw it "useless." Tourists also did not dare to swim in this place.

Fishermen say they have never seen the like. They suggest that this could be due to industrial pollution or the phenomenon of "red tide" (a high concentration of microorganisms), resulting in water significantly reduced the amount of oxygen.

Authorities say preliminary results of the study of samples of water and dead fish are excluded phenomenon of "red tide", pollution and massive virus. Causes of mass fish plague still being investigated.

Previously reported that in the area with more than 6,000 companies. Every year in the local rivers, which carry their water in the sea, get hundreds of tons of untreated industrial waste and chemicals from fields.

Ilya Ivanov

Source: The Epoch Times

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