Dead herring in Piltun Bay, Sakhalin Island. Photo courtesy of Sakhalin Environmental Watch
Environmentalists Report Mass Death of Herring on Sakhalin Island
June 13, 2018
The highest concentration of dead fish has been observed at two points: along the shore from the mouth of the Khalchikov River to the mouth of an unnamed creek flowing from Lake Krivun (4,609 fish per 10 meters of shoreline), and two kilometers south of the mouth of the Sabo River (5,990 fish per 10 meters of shoreline). Environmentalists have discovered a dense concentration of dead fish in the vicinity of the mouth of the Khalchikov: the fish cover an area of 440 square meters that is approximately 30 centimeters, which amounts to roughly 93 tons.
“The death of this quantity of mixed-age fish is an abnormal event. We might have witnessed the destruction of the majority of the herring population in Piltun Bay,” the environmentalists write in their communique. “The cause of death is still unclear. We have to wait for the outcomes of lab tests.”
Sakhalin Environmental Watch is concerned the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency (Rosrybolovstvo) has not made sufficient efforts to evaluate the scale and causes of the tragedy.
Translated by the Russian Reader