[Coral-List] Mass mortality of fish and coral in the Sucre state, Venezuela

RainbowWarriorsInternational southern_caribbean at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 10 11:56:42 EST 2010

Dear Angel,

You mention high torrential rains and sedimentation which makes me suspect that a possible agent in the runoff into the sea may be partly responsible.

Have water samples been taken to check on chemicals?

The Cartagena Convention LBS has entered into force and applies to Venezuela as well and could be used to justify taking water samples of the runoff at various locations and sampling of the seawater as well.

Start with checking for possible point sources of pollution and how the possible runoff might be reaching coastal waters.

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--- On Tue, 11/9/10, Ángel Rafael Fariña Pestano <afarina46 at yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Ángel Rafael Fariña Pestano <afarina46 at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Coral-List] Mass mortality of fish and coral in the Sucre state, Venezuela
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 10:43 AM

Hi. I want to report a mass mortality of fish and coral in the Sucre state, at the east of Venezuela. Stone corals and zonathids are affected. Fishes of several taxa are dying. The situation started from about three weeks ago and do not finish. The temperature values are above those expected for this time at the area. A high sedimentation as a result of torrential rains is added to this situation. Somebody knows another places near from here with the same problem? There may be other elements besides temperature influence on the problem? 

Ángel Rafael Fariña Pestano
    Departamento de Biología
         Escuela de Ciencias
           Núcleo de Sucre
      Universidad de Oriente

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