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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The reports about the massive deaths of fish in the South Caribbean continue happening and authorities say that the phenomenon does not have a clear explanation. The only thing that was determined is that pollution and human effects are not related to the event that is occurring since last weekend.

    According to the Association of Fishermen of the Southern Caribbean (APACS), more than 70 ‘buffer’ fish have been found dead per square meter. Given this, the authorities of Refugiod Vida Silvestre Gandoca -Manzanillo accept the concern but prefer not to advance criteria about the causes of this event.

    “The issue is complex, in the sense that the conditions in which the fish are dying, are not caused by human actions. This means they don´t die beacause of pollution. The death of these fish obviously has indirect effects on other species, as in the case of some turtles that are poisoned,” commented José Masis, area administrator.

    This type of fish dies once it reproduces. According to reports from experts who dive in the area, populations of these species are therefore stable. However, tourism is being affected.

    “It’s a process that ‘s going on within the normal projections. At Gandoca beach turtles are coming since February and so far we did not have any other reports, same in Cahuita. Nor have we reports of nearby wetlands in Panama. We are monitoring all the beaches in the area,” said Masis.

    Since last year samples of dead species and seawater are taken to determine the possible causes of the phenomenon which was also present in October last year. However, the representatives of Apacs reproached that they did not have support in this opportunity.

    “Dead fish keep popping up and the Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae) are conspicous by their absence. We are waiting for biologists of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and we still do not have details of the samples that were taken last year. No dead turtles appeared, but little fish did,” said Ugalde.

    The leader expressed his concerns that the coastal regions from the south of the continent could affect the turtles that are reaching the beaches of the town. Mainly because of the danger that turtles eat dead fish that are toxic.

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