Fish kill in central Marovo – Interview with Mr Charlie Vagara
This is a post by Mr Nathaniel Nausi from Chubikopi Primary School interviewing Mr Charlie Vagara from the Patukae Community High school regarding the recent fish kill experienced in the central Marovo region during the month of June 2011.
Mr Vagara talked about the discoloration of the sea with greenish, brownish and traces of re d colored water at some isolated places with in the affected area and also the mass death of aquatic creatures seen floating on the sea surface. Mr Vagara also talked about the water turbidity which was very low during the very high peak.
In simple terms we can say that we hardly can see through a depth of one meter from the sea surface.
The interviewee high lights that according to elders talked about how similar occurrence had occurred in the past though incredibly small and constricted to certain marine organisms such as fish.
Mr Vagara also pointed to large scale logging activities in the impacted area have contributed to the high level of sediments and nutrients that enters the sea; this is very evident when orange plumes covered the affected area during wet season.
The research team from the University of Queensland and the responsible department from the government such as the fisheries division came and assess the situation soon after the high peak.