Photos: Liputan6, Okezone, Kompas

Indonesia: Giant man-sized Amazonian fish washes up on Ciliwung River in Bogor
30th November 2015;

Yesterday, citizens in Bogor were shocked to find an enormous dead fish, as large as a full-grown man, washed up on the banks of the Ciliwung River under the Jalan Baru Bridge in North Bogor.

The fish was identified as an Arapaima (Araipama gigas), native to the Amazon rainforests.

No, the fish didn’t swim half the world to end up in the Ciliwung. It was later revealed that the fish lived in an aquarium in Sumber Karya Indah (SKI) tourism attraction in Tajur, Bogor, and had only recently died.

“Yesterday (Saturday), a fish died at around 7:30AM,” said SKI informations officer M Sholeh, as quoted by Kompas on Sunday.

Sholeh added that they haven’t determined the fish’s cause of death.

Because of the lack of burial rites for fish – however magnificent they may be – the dead Araipama was simply tossed into the river, presumably to become fish food.

Fate would have it that the dead fish resurfaced in Bogor for a final send off. It was reported that it took seven adult males to lift the fish and toss it back into the river.

We certainly hope it doesn’t wash up anywhere else downstream so it can rest peacefully in its watery grave.

Source: Coconuts Jakarta

Photo: Detik

Indonesia: “Millions” of dead fish wash up ashore in Ancol, stinking up the area
30th November 2015;

It’s been a bad few days for fish in Jakarta.

Scores of small dead fish washed up along the Ancol coastline in North Jakarta this morning.

“The dead fish are found along Ancol beach, from Jimbaran all the way to the other end. Maybe there are millions [of dead fish],” said Police Commissioner Edi Guritno, head of the Law Enforcement Sub-Directorate at the Jakarta Maritime Police, as quoted by Detik today.

Residents are reporting horrid, foul smells coming from the area.

Authorities have not figured out what killed the fish. Samples of the fish were taken to a lab to investigate this extremely strange occurrence.

While the waters around North Jakarta’s coastline aren’t known for being the cleanest, this is a pretty alarming sign that there may be some seriously toxic contaminants in the water. Hopefully authorities will figure out the cause quickly before it affects the capital’s water or food supplies.

Source: Coconuts Jakarta

Thick-edged Sand Dollar (Jacksonaster depressum)
Coney Island (Pulau Serangoon), 27th November 2015

Malaysia: RM100,000 worth of fish found dead

28th November 2015;

Fish farmers in Kina­batangan ,the site of Malaysi’’s biggest Ramsar site, were stunned to find that all their fish, reared in cages, were dead.

“We noticed something amiss earlier. When dawn came the next day (last Friday), our worst fears were confirmed when we found all of them belly up,” said Kampung Mumiang Village Development and Security Committee head Mada Hussin.

The fish were reared in 50 cages.

Kampung Mumiang is located at the estuary of the Kinabatangan River and is about an hour away by speedboat from Sandakan.

The Convention on Wetlands of Inter­national Importance, better known as the Ramsar Convention, is an inter-governmental treaty that looks into conservation wetlands and their resources. There are six Ramsar sites in Malaysia.

Mada said the farmers lost Grouper (SubF. Epinephelinae), Snapper (F. Lutjanidae) and other types of fish, adding that the cost could come up to RM100,000.

This would impact about 50 families, he said.

“We want answers from the authorities. We want to know the cause. We want compensation from whoever is responsible for our losses,” Mada said.

The villagers, he said, would usually keep some fish for their own consumption and sell the rest.

“We have lost everything now,” he added.

He said the farmers were in a dilemma as they could not depend on catching fish at the nearby river due to dwindling numbers.

“The villagers are now waiting for test results on samples taken by the Fisheries Department.”

Mada said pollutants from a plantation could have flowed into the Malangking River, a tributary of the Kinabatangan.

“The last time we lost fish on this scale was about four years ago,” he said.

Cynthia Ong, the director of Forever Sabah which works towards an equitable and green economy, said such tragic events were typically associated with oxygen depletion in dead zones caused by fertiliser, palm oil mill effluents or disturbed peat soil.

“Studies in Malaysia and around the world showed that fisheries sustained by healthy mangroves are worth hundreds of dollars per hectare to the Sabah economy,” Ong said.

Source: The Star

Malaysia: RM100,000 worth of fish found dead

Malaysia: RM100,000 worth of fish found dead

28th November 2015;

Fish farmers in Kinabatangan, the site of Malaysia’s biggest Ramsar site, were stunned to find that all their fish, reared in cages, were dead.

“We noticed something amiss earlier. When dawn came the next day (last Friday), our worst fears were confirmed when we found all of them belly up,” said Kampung Mumiang Village Development and Security Committee head Mada Hussin.

The fish were reared in 50 cages.

Kampung Mumiang is located at the estuary of the Kinabatangan River and is about an hour away by speedboat from Sandakan.

The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, better known as the Ramsar Convention, is an inter-governmental treaty that looks into conservation wetlands and their resources. There are six Ramsar sites in Malaysia.

Mada said the farmers lost Grouper (SubF. Epinephelinae), Snapper (F. Lutjanidae) and other types of fish, adding that the cost could come up to RM100,000.

This would impact about 50 families, he said.

“We want answers from the authorities. We want to know the cause. We want compensation from whoever is responsible for our losses,” Mada said.

The villagers, he said, would usually keep some fish for their own consumption and sell the rest.

“We have lost everything now,” he added.

He said the farmers were in a dilemma as they could not depend on catching fish at the nearby river due to dwindling numbers.

“The villagers are now waiting for test results on samples taken by the Fisheries Department.”

Mada said pollutants from a plantation could have flowed into the Malangking River, a tributary of the Kinabatangan.

“The last time we lost fish on this scale was about four years ago,” he said.

Cynthia Ong, the director of Forever Sabah which works towards an equitable and green economy, said such tragic events were typically associated with oxygen depletion in dead zones caused by fertiliser, palm oil mill effluents or disturbed peat soil.

“Studies in Malaysia and around the world showed that fisheries sustained by healthy mangroves are worth hundreds of dollars per hectare to the Sabah economy,” Ong said.

Source: The Star

Malaysia: RM100,000 worth of fish found dead

Kampung Mumiang Village Development and Security Committee head Mada Hussin (right) and government officers who went to the site to investigate showing the size of some of the dead fish.

Photos: Land and Empowerment Animals People (LEAP)

Malaysia: Kampung Mumiang villagers want answers for loss of livelihood
By Sandra Sokia, 27th November 2015;

Costing them over RM100,000 worth of their livelihood, villagers in Malaysia’s largest Ramsar site who lost seven tonnes of caged fish overnight want answers on what caused their stock of Groupers (SubF. Epinephelinae), Snappers (F. Lutjanidae) and other types of fish to die.

They had noticed something amiss with the fish, reared in 50 cages, before dawn on Nov 20 and by day break their worst fears were confirmed, says Kampung Mumiang Village Development and Security Committee head Mada Hussin.

“We were shocked to find all the fish floating dead in their cages although we had tried to revive them the next morning.”

“Villagers usually keep some fish for their own consumption and sell the rest. We have lost everything,” he said in a statement, adding losses could run as high as RM100,000 leaving some 50 families in a dilemma as they no longer depend on catching fish at the nearby river due to dwindling stocks.

Kampung Mumiang is located at the estuary of the Kinabatangan River and is about an hour away by speed boat from Sandakan.

Villagers immediately notified the relevant agencies and were now waiting for results of samples taken by the Fisheries Department, adding that they were also keen to know findings made by the Department of Environment and the Sabah Forestry Department.

Mada said villagers believed that the fish were wiped out by pollutants that had flowed from an oil palm estate into the Malangking River, a tributary of the Kinabatangan.

Villagers had earlier noticed a body of algal rich water in the tributary from that estate wash into the area.

“Prior to this incident, there was heavy rain for five days in a row. This may have washed pollutants from an agricultural estate into the river and impacted its quality.”

“The last time we lost fish on this scale was about four years ago. This time, we must be compensated, but first we need the authorities to provide us with reports of their investigations.”

He said despite the fact that the village was located within the Lower Kinabatangan-Segama Wetlands Ramsar site, the conservation area recently discussed at the International Heart of Borneo Conference in Kota Kinabalu, villagers were not secure due to the impact caused by plantations and other external factors.

Commenting on the incident, Forever Sabah director Cynthia Ong said the consequences of such tragic events were typically associated with oxygen depletion in “dead zones” caused by fertilisers, palm oil mill effluents, disturbed peat soil or other nutrients, wiping out whole areas of marine life and breeding grounds.

“These areas are important for biodiversity, including fish eating birds and mammals, and can damage even offshore fisheries.”

“Studies in Malaysia and around the world show fisheries sustained by healthy mangroves are worth hundreds of dollars per hectare to the Sabah economy. It is not right that anyone’s poor land management should make others pay those costs,” Ong said.

Sukau assemblyman Datuk Saddi Abdul Rahman had on Tuesday called for the matter to be investigated as part of his talking points at a debate at the State Legislative Assembly sitting.

Source: The Rakyat Post

Malaysia: Kampung Mumiang residents hope for compensation for their ‘caged fish’ loss

27th November 2015;

Villagers in Malaysia’s largest Ramsar site who lost seven tonnes of Groupers (SubF. Epinephelinae), Snappers (F. Lutjanidae) and other types of caged fish overnight are hoping for some form of compensation.

“Before dawn on Nov 20, we already noticed something amiss with the fish reared in 50 cages.

"By daybreak our worst fears were confirmed. The fish were all floating lifeless,” said Kampung Mumiang Village Development and Security Committee chairman Mada Hussin.

The residents suspect the cause to be pollutants from an oil palm estate, which might have flowed into the Malangking river, a tributary of the Kinabatangan following heavy rain for five consecutive days.

Kampung Mumiang is located at the estuary of the Kinabatangan river and is about an hour away by speed boat from Sandakan.

“The last time we lost fish at this scale was about four years ago. This time, we must be compensated but first, we need the authorities to provide us with reports of their investigations,” said Mada.

In a statement released through Forever Sabah, a multi stakeholder programme to support Sabah’s transition to a diversified, equitable, circular economy, he said the caged fish farm was a major source of income for the residents.

“We usually keep some fish for our own consumption and sell the rest. We have lost everything,” he said.

Losses could run as high as RM100,000 leaving some 50 families in a dilemma as they had ceased catching fish at the nearby river due to dwindling stocks.

Having immediately notified the relevant agencies, the residents are now waiting for results of samples taken by the Fisheries Department.

They are also keen to know the findings of the Department of Environment and Sabah Forestry Department.

On Tuesday at the State Legislative Assembly, Sukau Assemblyman Datuk Saddi Abdul Rahman called for the matter to be investigated.

Source: Bernama

Malaysia: Kampung Mumiang residents hope for compensation for their ‘caged fish’ loss

Shell of Winged Argonaut with aperture facing upwards. Photograph by Letchumi d/o Mani

Winged Argonaut (Argonauta hians shell at Semakau Landfill

Location, date and time: Singapore Strait, Semakau Landfill, western part; 12 November 2015; 1600 hrs.

Observation: As shown in the attached picture, a shell of a female argonaut was found stranded and half-submerged among the roots of a bakau tree (Rhizophora sp.). A hole was observed on the lateral side of the thin, boxy shell of about 8 cm.

Remarks: This appears to be the second record of a Winged Argonaut shell found in Singapore. The first record for the country was also at Semakau Landfill (Lee et al., 2015).

Reference:

  • Lee B. Y, S. K. Tan & M. E. Y. Low, 2015. Singapore Mollusca: 9. The family Argonautidae, with a new record of Argonauta hians (Cephalopoda: Octopoda: Argonautoidea). Nature in Singapore. 8: 15-24.

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2015: 185