Large Fish Die-Off in Brazil – 04/01/2011

  • January 3, 2014 at 2:19 am #2001

    Mysterious fish kills in coastal Brazil
    Leonardo Coleto
    Leaf Coast

    Fishermen have found at least 100 tonnes, mainly of sardines.

    A survey conducted by the Federation of Fishermen’s Colony of Paraná, Paranaguá on the coast of the state, points out that at least 100 tons of fish (sardines, catfish and sea bass) have turned up dead since last Thursday off the coast of Paraná.

    On Sunday, technicians of the Environmental Institute of Paraná (IAP), the Secretary of State for the Environment and Water Resources (SEMA), collected samples to verify the reason for the deaths. The report will be released today.

    The president of the Federation of Fishermen’s Colony of Parana, Edmir Manoel Ferreira, said that between Paranaguá and Guaraqueçaba at least 2,800 fishermen depend on the daily seafood.

    “On Thursday we began to see a lot of fish killed. Only one community came to bury 15 tons. We are experiencing a very sad situation on the coast, “he says.

    In addition to Paranagua, Ferreira said the dead fish are starting to appear in other cities along the coast. “The dead fish are going to Antonina, Guaraqueçaba and Pontal do Paraná. We need an urgent solution to this, “he warns.

    Captain Edson Oliveira Avila, regional coordinator of civil defense in the Parana region, believes there are three hypotheses for the fish deaths. “Let’s wait to see what happened, but speculations suggest that fish may have died from an environmental imbalance, dropping a fishing boat or leakage of chemicals,” he says.

    Through his press office, the city of Paranagua said the sale of seafood is a precaution, temporarily suspended in the region.

    “It is not forbidden, but tell people not to buy or consume these products to avoid any problems. There is no indication that someone has been sick, “said Avila.

    The issue was discussed yesterday in a meeting involving the city of Paranaguá, IAP, Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Resources (IBAMA) and Civil Defense of Parana.

    Questioned, said that the IAP will only say now, after the result of the award. The samples were sent to the Centre for Marine Studies (CEM), Federal University of Parana (UFPR).


    The whole situation worries the fishing community of the Parana coast. “I urge the authorities to look for these workers of the sea. Not just in Paranagua, but throughout our state. When disaster strikes such sufferers is the fisherman. We can not let that happen “, says Ferreira.


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