Once again workers in China have been forced to dispose of thousands of dead fish from its rivers this week.
The latest incident, a mass die-off of close to 220,000 pounds of fish (mostly carp, snakeheads and chubs) is being blamed on ammonia leaking from the Hubei Shuanghuan Science & Technology Co. according to state and environmental officials.
“The dead fish covered the entire river and it looked like snowflakes,” commented Communist Party Secretary Wang Sanquing, from Huanghualao village. The community of 1,600 makes its living from fishing. Sanquing added that the crisis is costing the 150 fishing boats up to $11,400 per day.
The incident is the latest example of how pollution is plaguing China, where inadequate regulations and enforcement of environmental safety standards have only gotten worse with the rapid expansion of “breakneck” economic growth in the country.
Since the beginning of 2013, more than 16,000 putrefying pig carcasses were retrieced from Shanghai's Huangpu river, and thousands of dead carp had to be pulled out of a river in the city's Songjiang district. In addition China’s Xinhua news agency reported that 1,000 dead ducks have been found dumped in the Nanhe River in China's southwestern Sichuan province in March, though no cause of death was given at the time.