Dead fishes at West Johor Strait, 17-18 Jul 2016
By Ria Tan, 18th July 2016;

Hundreds of dead fishes have been seen washing up at West Johor Strait over the last two days.

Most of the dead fishes were about the same size and look like the Milkfish (Chanos chanos) farmed by the largest fish farm in that area. Has there been another mass fish death among the fish farms in the West Johor Strait? If so, what caused it? What does this mean for public health? What can and has been done to improve ecosystem health in the area to prevent a recurrence?

Yesterday (17 Jul 2016), at around 10.30am today, a concerned nature lover shared sightings of what looked like hundreds of dead fishes floating into Sungei Buloh Besar with the incoming tide. I only managed to get there around 3pm and the tide had already gone down. So I saw only some dead fishes at Sungei Buloh Besar as well as the Kranji extension. Most of the dead fishes were about the same size and look like the Milkfish farmed by the largest fish farm in that area. Here’s more photos in this Facebook album.

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Source: Wild Shores of Singapore

Scores of dead fish were found floating belly-up on the water or washed up along with rubbish and debris along the shore at Lim Chu Kang jetty on Monday (July 18) morning.
Video: Lim Yaohui

Source: The Straits Times

  1. Dead fish spotted at Lim Chu Kang jetty on July 18, 2016.
  2. Dead fish floating on the water at Lim Chu Kang jetty on July 18, 2016.
  3. Workers pushing trolleys of dead fish along Lim Chu Kang jetty on July 18, 2016.

Photos: Lim Yaohui

Scores of dead fish found at Lim Chu Kang jetty
By Sanjay Nair & Lim Yaohui, 18th July 2016;

Scores of dead fish were spotted at Lim Chu Kang jetty on Monday (July 18) morning.

When The Straits Times visited the scene, the fish were seen either floating belly-up on the water or washed up along with water bottles and other rubbish along the shore.

A pungent smell emanated from the area, as well as from several black plastic bags at a rubbish bin nearby.

A boat belonging to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) was docked at the jetty, while a “kelong”-like structure was combing through the water for checks.

Dead fish were also discovered by The Straits Times at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on Monday, but in smaller numbers than at Lim Chu Kang.

The Straits Times has contacted AVA for more information.

This is not the first time that mass fish deaths have happened at a park or reservoir here. Last July, hundreds of dead fish were seen in a stream in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, believed to be due to the hot and dry weather.

Source: The Straits Times

  1. This morning, at around noon, I arrived at Lim Chu Kang Jetty. Dead fishes dotted the water between the fish farm and the shoreline, and there was a long line of dead fishes on the tideline for this morning.
  2. Where are the dead fishes? Just walk a few metres down the shore, just beyond sight of the Jetty, a long line of dead fishes. Out of sight but not out of smell.
  3. Deeper in the mangroves, the dead fishes and the trashline has yet to be cleaned up.
  4. Although the high shores of the mangroves look unusually clean.
  5. Most of the fishes look like farmed Milkfish and were about the same size. I saw one Spotted Scat, but no other wild fish.

Hundreds of dead fishes have been seen washing up at West Johor Strait over the last two days. Most of the dead fishes were about the same size and look like the Milkfish (Chanos chanos) farmed by the largest fish farm in that area.

Has there been another mass fish death among the fish farms in the West Johor Strait? If so, what caused it? What does this mean for public health? What can and has been done to improve ecosystem health in the area to prevent a recurrence?

While there appears to have been a good effort to clean up the shores of dead fishes and litter, this effort ends a few metres away. Where dead fishes and litter in a long line along the tideline remain on the shore. Out of sight but not out of smell.

While it’s good to see the effort to keep the place clean and get rid of the dead fishes, AVA should go beyond cleaning up only what can be seen from the Jetty.

There should be an equal effort to understand the underlying causes of repeated and regular mass fish deaths, and to work with all stakeholders to resolve the issues.

More in this blog post http://wildshores.blogspot.com/2016/07/dead-fishes-at-west-johor-strait-17-18.html

You CAN make a difference: Dead Fish Alert!

Please help me monitor dead fishes washing up on the Johor Straits. Please let me know if you see large numbers (more than 10) especially of large dead fishes (more than 20cm long) washing up on the northern shores such as Pulau Ubin, Lim Chu Kang, Sungei Buloh, Kranji, Woodlands Waterfront, Sembawang, Punggol, Lorong Halus, Pasir Ris, Changi.

There are too many shores for me to personally check, so I really appreciate any info or photos that you can share. Thank you!

Source: Ria Tan Facebook