Report: the death of 5 million aquatic animals in Mara River?

February 20, 2011KENYA – The National Environmental Management Authority (Nema), Public Health Ministry and Kenya Wildlife Service are investigating the deaths of fish in Mara River. Conservationists suspect the deaths that started last week might have been caused by agro chemicals from farms, that drain into the river. Hoteliers in Masai Mara Game Reserve are now expressing fear that the chemicals might kill animals that depend on the river. “The deaths could have been caused by agro chemicals from large scale farms on the upper side of the river. The chemicals might also kill hippos, crocodiles and other animals that drink water from the river,” said Ben Kipeno, a conservationist from the northern side of the reserve. Mr Kipeno said on Wednesday there were unconfirmed reports that apart from fish, a crocodile and a hippo have already succumbed to effects of the chemicals. He urged the Government to rein in farmers along the river who use potent chemicals and claimed  that despite several complaints to Nema no action has been taken. Officials from KWS who were dispatched from Nairobi took samples of the fish to the Government Chemist for further tests to ascertain the cause of the deaths. When The Standard visited the river, dead fish were floating with scavengers, including the Marabou stork, feeding on them. The Narok South Nema officer in charge Gabriel Tambushi said initial reports had indicated that more than five million fish were killed at the confluence of the seasonal Moyan River in Transmara with the Mara following a heavy flood. “The sudden change of weather that resulted into heavy mist covering the water surface, inhibiting fish and other animals that depend on the river from breathing might have been the cause of the deaths,” said Tambushi. He did not rule out poisonous agro chemicals from farms, which depended on Mara River for irrigation. –Standard Media Kenya
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7 Responses to Report: the death of 5 million aquatic animals in Mara River?

  1. Brian says:

    Another shocking animal/fish “die-off”. These events will surely have a catastophic effect on the natural ecology. These stories are truly awful and one wonders where it will all end.

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    • karinp45 says:

      By the look of the picture I would say that you could not count out the possiblitiy of suffocation from silt in the water. The effects of the problem is seen in the river, but the cause could be thousands of kilometers away. Deforestation in Kenya is one of the most devastating examples of in the world. The silt and topsoil runs into the rivers during heavy rains and the mud literally suffocates fish and can also kill crocodile and hippo.

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  2. Pete says:

    Has anyone considered Chemtrails? This is happening frequently, and all over the world. It’s just happening to much. I’m 50 years old, I’ve been online for a long time, and I never heard of this until early this year. I could be wrong, Maybe it’s some sort of seismic off gassing or something to that nature? Consider also, it’s most times in rivers. I think we should try to illuminate the possibility of aluminum, Test for aluminum. This is just to weird.

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  3. Mshamba Mshambani says:

    I doubt the agrochemical story. Nice wake up call for KWS. Could it be methane or something causing oxygen depletion? But from all the stories worldwide, no conclusive answers!

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  4. The link to this story has been routed to the Youtube feature story as I see there is a malware warning issued on the original site.

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