More than 53 tonnes of fresh water fish locally known as “popocha” began to float up in the Cajititlan lagoon last week, Jalisco state, western Mexico, prompting extensive investigations into the cause of deaths. This is the fourth unexplained fish kill at the same lagoon this year.
According to the Jalisco state environment agency, some 130 fishermen from the town of Tlajomulco continued to pull dead fish out of the water on Monday, September 1, and buried them in pits.
Jalisco state environment secretary Magdalena Ruiz Mejia said that such deaths were more and more frequent due to “bad management of the body of water.”
While authorities are conducting tests and environmental prosecutors investigate local wastewater treatment plants the Tlajomulco town officials warn that deaths are actually the result of cyclical change in water temperature that caused oxygen to drop.
The local fishermen agree with Tlajomulco officials, saying that other fish species would have been killed if it was a case of contamination.
— AboutLatinAmerica (@AboutLtnAmerica) September 1, 2014
“We don´t want this problem to worsen because we would end up in the street,” said Rigoberto Diaz, a local fisherman who fears that other species such as tilapia, which unlike popocha is edible, will die too.
Some 500 tonnes of fish died in a Jalisco lagoon during July 2013 after a company that made food for livestock without a permit dumped huge amounts of molasses into the water.
See more images here.
If you value what we do here, open your ad-free account and support our journalism.
Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. If you value what we do here, select the level of your support and register your account.
Your support makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share.
All our supporters can browse the website without ads, allowing much faster speeds and a clean interface. Your comments will be instantly approved and you’ll have a direct line of communication with us from within your account dashboard. You can suggest new features and apps and you’ll be able to use them before they go live.
You can choose the level of your support.
Stay kind, vigilant and ready!