Wave after wave had brought ashore dead fish, possibly due to the rise in sea temperature brought on by the El Niño phenomenon.
Photo: Bernama

Malaysia: Rising sea temperature brings good tidings for villagers after fish washed ashore
27th March 2016;

Fish has been on the dining table of coastal villagers in Bachok and Pasir Puteh daily since Thursday.

And they did not have to buy the fish, but just collect them at the beaches.

Wave after wave had brought ashore dead fish, possibly due to the rise in sea temperature brought on by the El Niño phenomenon.

Villager Abdul Rahim Che Seman, 50, said the villagers rushed to collect the fish, mainly ’gelama’ (Croakers) (F. Sciaenidae), which were still fresh.

“We believe the fish could not withstand the rise in sea temperature because of the El Niño phenomenon,” he told reporters at the Melawi beach here.

He said some of the villagers, having collected more fish than their families can consume, sold the gelama fish for RM10 per kg, below the market price of RM15.

Source: Malay Mail

Baffling fish kill: Fisherman Zhahiran Sabu showing the dead fish found in Sungai Bayan Lepas. Photo: Chan Boon Kai

Malaysia: Probe into mystery of mass fish deaths
14th July 2015;

The Department of Environment has launched an investigation into the mass fish deaths in Sungai Bayan Lepas.

Various officers from the department were seen collecting water samples at the site yesterday for testing. The result of the test is expected to be out in two weeks.

Consumers Association of Penang president S.M. Mohamed Idris said various fish species were found dead in the river on Sunday.

“The fish are Mullet (belanak) (F. Mugilidae), gelama (Croaker) (F. Sciaenidae) and duri (Sea Catfish) (F. Ariidae).”

“We were told by the affected fishermen that the river water is frequently black and oily.”

“The pollution spreads from the river to the sea, endangering the fish and prawns which form the fishermen’s catch,” he said in a press statement.

Malaysian Nature Society Penang branch adviser D. Kanda Kumar said the cause of the fish deaths could not be the hot weather.

“If it is the hot weather, then every river in the state will be effected as well.

"It has to be due to some human activity taking place upstream that is polluting the river,” he said when contacted.

He advised residents nearby to contact the authorities if they see any illegal discharge of waste into the river.

Penang Gerakan Youth secretary Ooi Zhi Yi urged the government to take stern action against the culprits.

“This is the fourth fish death case within a short period after Sungai Kerian in Nibong Tebal, Sungai Tasek Cempedak in Seberang Prai Selatan and Sungai Dondang in Paya Terubong,” Ooi said in a statement.

State Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said they would do a survey of the area to identify the possible cause while waiting for the lab results.

Those with any information can contact the Penang Island City council at 04-2637637 or the Seberang Prai Municipal Council at 04-5372658.

Source: The Star

Tentative identifications:

  1. Barramundi (Lates calcarifer)
  2. Goatee Croaker (Dendrophysa russelli)
  3. Bearded Worm Goby (Taenioides cirratus)
  4. Barramundi
  5. Green Chromide (Etroplus suratensis), Toadfish (F. Batrachoididae, Wrasse (F. Labridae)
  6. Decorated Ponyfish (Nuchequula gerreoides)
  7. Green Chromide, Toadfish, Striped Eeltail Catfish (Plotosus lineatus)

Reporting from Seletar Dam facing Johor side. Unusually strong pungent smell from the sea got my curiosity as I was riding past this stretch.

Along the shores was a zone of 2 metres with dead horseshoe crabs (F. Limulidae), Mangrove Whipray (Himantura walga), Flower Crab (Portunus pelagicus), Grouper (Epinephelus sp.), Sand Whiting (Sillago sp.), Green Chromide (Etroplus suratensis), Spotted Scat (Scatophagus argus), Barramundi (Lates calcarifer), Toadfish (F. Batrachoididae), shrimps and huge colonies of marine bristleworms (Polychaeta).

Source: Benjamin Li Facebook

(This is Part 3 of a 3-part photo set)