Brazil is the first Latin American country to be hit by the bizarre wave of mass animal deaths in the world. Reports by the Federation of Fishermen of Paraná, Paranaguá indicate that at least one hundred tons of fish (sardine, croaker and catfish) have turned up dead since last Thursday, off the coast of Paraná.
On Sunday, representatives from the Environmental Institute of Paraná (IAP), the Secretary of State for the Environment and Water Resources (SEMA), took samples to try to figure out what might be killing the fish in such a large scale. A report will be released later today. No one has made a connection to these animals death and the thousands of dead birds in Arkansas.
Between Paranaguá and Guaraqueçaba regions, an estimate of 2,800 fishermen depend on the daily seafood.
“On Thursday we began to realize there were lots of dead fish. Only one community came to bury 15 tons. We are experiencing a very sad situation on the coast, ” said a local.
The city of Paranagua issued a press release warning that as a precaution, the sale of seafood will be temporarily suspended in the region.
“It is not forbidden, but we have oriented people to not purchase or consume these products to avoid any problems. There is no indication that someone has gone bad, ” said Captain Edson Olifeira Avila, the regional coordinator of Civil Defense in the Paraná region.
New Zealand, the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, Spruce Creek in Florida, and places in Maryland have reported hundreds of death fish washing up in shores. Dr. Mike, a reader at BlogPost.com, writes that dead fish have also been floating up on the Haiti/Dominican border, Sydney, and Wales.
Additionally, Sweden has reported hundreds of dead birds suddenly peppering the ground of the city of Falkoeping,
and in the U.S. there are reports of separate incidents of hundreds of birds dying in the states of Louisiana, Maryland and Arkansas.