Sunday, March 9, 2014

MASS BEES/FISH/ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Latest Incidents Across The Earth - Thousands Of Bees Found Dead In Front Of Hives In Boggabri, Australia; Over 15,000 Catfish Die From Disease In Bangka-Belitung, Indonesia; 290,000 HEAD Of Cattle Killed By Flooding In Beni, Bolivia; And Thousands Of Bees Found Dead In And Around Hives In Haarlemmermeer, Holland!

March 09, 2014 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest incidents of mass fish, bees and animal die-offs across the Earth:

Thousands Of Bees Found Dead In Front Of Hives In Boggabri, Australia.

The owner of Nelson’s Honey Factory at Boggabri is demanding answers after losing thousands of bees that she believes may have died from a cotton insecticide.

Marlene Nelson is devastated after finding the bees dead in front of their hives during a routine inspection several weeks ago.

She and her son John have been running the factory since the death of Marlene’s husband Michael in 2007, however they have since downsized their operation.

Around the time of the deaths, Marlene said she had noticed cotton spraying in the area and contacted the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to investigate.

In a statement to the Namoi Valley Independent, the EPA’s investigation was unable to determine the exact cause of death of the bees, however due to the current drought conditions, it is possible that bees travelled from their hives to flowering irrigated cotton crops which, in this instance, had been sprayed with insecticide.

“An insecticide which is harmful to bees was sprayed on two properties within a 10km radius of the hives between January 31 and February 7 this year,” EPA Director North, Gary Davey said.

“Residue from this particular insecticide can last up to 28 days.”

Marlene Nelson, however, doesn’t accept the findings that her bees were foraging in crops and weren’t killed by spray drift.

She said the hives were  in three different locations, approximately seven kilometres apart.

“The funny thing is that one load of bees was much closer to another cotton crop that was not sprayed with deadly spray, so if the bees were foraging, I don’t think they would fly past the closer crop to go to further ones,” Marlene said.

“But as I said before, I was told the spray would not have drifted.”

Marlene also said her bees were dead in handfuls at the entrance of the hives, and questioned that if it wasn’t spray drift that killed the bees and they were “foraging” in crops elsewhere, how were they well enough  to fly back to the hives?

She added that a staff member from the EPA had told her that because “they didn’t know which one did the damage, there was nothing that we could do”.

“It seems funny that there is one rule for some and a different rule for other primary producers. Normal farmers are not allowed to use a hand spray for  killing weeds anywhere near a cotton crop because the drift might kill their cotton and they are telling me that there would be no drift from their aerial spraying,” Marlene said.

“We have been operating our Honey Factory at the same location here in Boggabri for 47 years and in all that time we have always had some bees in town.

“We were here long before cotton was here so you would think they would check before using deadly spray.

“Unfortunately because of the drought, we had all our bees in and around town.

“There are bee-friendly sprays and some cotton farmers do the right thing.

“A lot of people ask me why they have no bees in their vegie gardens to pollinate them, but sprays would be killing native bees too. Besides the loss of our bees I am very concerned about our health. What is this doing long term?”

Mr Davey said the EPA investigation did not identify any breaches of the Pesticide Act 1999 or the Pesticide Regulation 2009, and that all apiarists have a responsibility to advise landholders of exactly when and where they put the hives. - NVI.

15,000 Catfish Die From Disease In Bangka-Belitung, Indonesia.
Catfish Sangkuriang

Thousands of farmed catfish farmers in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung Province, died of fungal disease during the dry season towards this transition.

"During the dry season, approximately 15 thousand catfish harvest is almost dead so we lose because the cost of feed and seed purchase is quite high," said Romel, power Pembudi catfish in Pangkalpinang Thursday.

He said not only catfish that almost harvest disease, but also about 20 thousand seedlings catfish aged two to three weeks also died.

"We've been trying to prevent the spread of the fungal disease, but the effort was in vain because every day there are hundreds of dead catfish," he said.

According to him, every year leading up to and during the transition into the catfish breeding season dead due to changes in water temperature.

"At present, we can not do anything and can not do anything else because the efforts to prevent the disease in vain," he said. - Republika. [Translated]

290,000 HEAD Of Cattle Killed By Flooding In Beni, Bolivia.

The president of the Federation of Livestock Beni and Pando (FEGABENI), Mario Hurtado, reported today that two days ago the quantification of dead livestock product rains and floods reached 290 thousand heads. Including travel and supplies for raising cattle, he said, the economic loss exceeds 220 million.

"The losses so far and amount to 290 thousand head of cattle, with more than 220 million won and we lost every day (...) and then starting the waters begin to lose diseases, problems of pasture; continues dying cattle, "Hurtado said in telephone contact with Erbol.

These amounts are lower if losses are projected to continue to happen, once you lower the water level and dry soils.

"We estimate that up to the end of the flood here 45 days, reaches 500 thousand cattle losses and more than $ 300 million, that is the estimate made by the technical department of the federation of farmers," said representative.

On Friday, representatives of the livestock sector and the government signed an agreement to address losses in the region of Beni. The government granted a trust of $ 30 million for restocking livestock.

"We signed an agreement with 70 percent of what we requested. Also we address issues related to the legal security of land, "he said.

Other points covered pause social economic function of the land of 2-4 years. Authorization to remove up to 10 percent of the areas that were not allowed before. Cessation of penalty for burning and controlled burning expand to 2,000 hectares whereas before it was up to 500 hectares and livestock insurance.

Hurtado said a further meeting with the Executive to address the pending order to extend the trust to $ 70 million more to cover the construction costs of livestock infrastructure.

"We have applied for and is pending $ 70 million trust for the reconstruction of the rooms, ie fences, pastures, houses, yards, height, embankments. That is a total of 100 million ASFI trust and had to see the funding system, "he said. - Erbol. [Translated]

Thousands Of Bees Found Dead In And Around Hives In Haarlemmermeer, Holland.
Photo: ANF.

For a beekeeper near Heemstede-Cruquius spring is dramatically bad start. He found thousands of his bees dead yesterday in and around the hive. They exhibit symptoms of possible contact with pesticides. The House recently debated still using it.
In all dead bees tongue hangs out of the mouth, the legs are cramped and there is pollen on their legs, so told the distraught beekeeper to his colleague Pim Lemmers. He is Holland's most famous beekeeper with cupboards at the prime minister's residence and the courtyard and is considered an authority on bee area.

The victim asked him if he had any idea what caused the massive and sudden death of the colony could be. The symptoms did the BI'er (known beekeeper) ring a bell. "They indicate possible damage to spray some pesticide," explains Haarlem opposite the AD.

By way of appeal to any other beekeepers duped, he posted a picture of dead bees on Twitter. "We are hoping for a response so that we get an idea of ​​the extent of the damage."

The owner of the dead hive will not talk to the media. He is too excited, says Lemmers. "He imkert nine years and have never experienced anything like it. It is very unpleasant to in droves to see fall to the hive. Bees kill you A bee folk although only costs a few hundred dollars, but the sentimental value is much greater."

"Horrible to face"
Lemmers speaks from experience. He once lost a part of his hive that was in hives at a fruit grower. "Those growers used purely biological pesticides to protect his fruit trees but a colleague three plots away not. The next day, I found hundreds of dead bees on the fly my shelf. A horrible to face, "he sighs.

The victim beekeeper does today reported the massive bee mortality in NVWA (Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority). Required by law, Lemmers know. "Thus, the inspectors take samples. If it appears that the bees slachtofer have become poison following an investigation into the guilty."

Spray Damage
Spraying damage to bees is caused by (incorrect) use of pesticides. Often involves indirect damage resulting after bee pollen and / or nectar have collected on crops sprayed with a poisonous plant protection product for them, teaches an article in the monthly magazine for beekeepers .

Spraying with pesticides toxic to bees should only take place when bees are not flying. These funds may not be used on blooming crops or crops that can be inspired by bees.

Abnormally high mortality
Beekeepers in the Netherlands and the rest of the world have been affected in recent years by an abnormally high mortality . That would be caused by a combination of too little flowers and therefore pollen, pesticides and pathogens that they carry with them. "Does it seem just a little better deal, you get this," sighs Lemmers. - Parool. [Translated]

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