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WHY IS THERE A MASSIVE SHELLFISH DIE OFF AT NZ’S WAITARERE BEACH?

So far we've heard fresh water flowing into the sea is the cause, then there's the algae, silt ... that's from social media... oh and Fukushima, earthquakes, fracking .... and deafening silence from the major polluter in the area the district council who's currently trying to unseat the Mayor one of the only two in the district that speaks out against LG's polluting practices. It comes on the heels of a Waihi event as well. How these spin doctors lie to us. Currently the beach stinks I'm told. These are all very large shellfish too, not like the usual small ones we see. Very very sad day.

WHY IS THERE A MASSIVE SHELLFISH DIE OFF AT NZ’S WAITARERE BEACH?



Copy of 000 036.jpgWaitarere Beach NZ, littered today and all week with thousands upon thousands of dead and dying shellfish

This was the scene at Waitarere Beach in the North Island of NZ today (16th March 2017). A local man from Hokio we spoke to (just further south of Waitarere) said he’s lived his whole life near this coastline (he is tangata whenua) and has never seen anything like it before. He said it began last Monday … the shellfish are dying en masse.

A dead pipi on Waitarere beach NZ, one of many thousands seen this week washed up with the tide

Pollution of the Waterways

This is becoming more frequent by the day as huge die offs of many different species of animal, bird and marine life … mysteriously (or so we’re supposed to believe) disappear. Knowing the state of our planet (for those who are observing it closely) and how trashed and polluted it is, it is not mysterious and  not difficult to join a few dots as to the likely causes. Our ocean has been used for decades as a disposal bin for all manner of poisonous trash. The quick, cost effective way for corporations to operate with little accountability.   We are seeing the end results now. Not rocket science at all.  See for yourself videos of the ongoing pollution of this part of NZ’s coast here. DCs call it ‘sustainable development’.

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Nature's way of telling you something's wrong.

Truth George. Canary in the coal mine isn't it?  There's been another similar further north. And as we all know happening globally as well. 

We've had jellyfish, bluebottles, pipis wash up on Port beach on separate days. People were collecting the pipis for dinner. As far as I could tell, the pipis were alive.

Atlantic surf clams, Spisula solidissima, are distributed along the western North Atlantic Ocean from the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (Canada) to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina [Map]. Commercial concentrations are found primarily off New Jersey, the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware/Maryland/Virginia), and on Georges Bank.[1] The surf clam is the most important commercial clam harvested in the United States. Commercial landings of surf clams in New Jersey and Virginia account for about half the total U.S. annual landings of all clam species. The surf clam catch in recent years--in shucked meats-- ranged from about 41 to 63 million pounds.

Surf Clams

Surf clams are found from the intertidal zone to a depth of about 200 feet (60 m) but densities are low at depths greater than 130 feet (40 m). Maximum size is about 22.5 cm (8.9 in.) shell length, but surf clams larger than 20 cm (7.9 in.) are rare. Maximum age exceeds 30 years and surf clams 15 - 20 years of age are common in many areas.

The western Atlantic surf clam, is commonly referred to as the "bar clam," "hen clam," "skimmer," or simply as the "sea clam."

They are filter feeders using their siphons to pull in and then filter fine particles of organic matter and plankton from the surrounding seawater [anatomy diagram].

Reproduction: Clams may be male, female or both (hermaphroditic) depending on the particular stage in its life cycle. They reproduce through a spawning process in which females release large numbers of eggs into the water, while males release sperm. Fertilization takes place in the open water.

Fishing with clams

Interesting. Thanks for that Nym. These ones are alive for a time but dying. They could but don't burrow back down into the sand like pipis normally would. Went today & they really stink but apparently each tide more wash up. There's now a health warning sign , 'don't eat the shellfish' and the council are coming tomorrow it appears to look.

And yet nothing is mentioned globally about the continuing die off of species.  Guess who's next...

There's mention in the article of the global issue Susan but yeah the public are not mentioning. Probably cos they don't know as we know a large proportion of them are fast asleep.

EXCEllent link, thanks George. Many links in there. If nothing else this event's waking people up here. They're all reflecting on the WAihi one further north. A video of that event's had 45K views. 

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