Millions of prawns were found dead in a cove of Bio Bio region. (Photo: Municipalidad de Coronel)
Millions of prawns found stranded on a beach
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
Millions of prawns appeared stranded in the cove Lo Rojas de Coronel, in the Bío Bío Region. This strange phenomenon is being investigated by the prosecutor Ana María Aldana and staff of the Investigative Police (PDI).
"What we are doing today is to gather as much evidence as possible to determine whether or not we are undergoing an environmental crime," the lawyer pointed out.
The Deputy Commissioner of Environmental Crime Investigation Brigade and Cultural Heritage (Bridema), Víctor Casanova, said that several forces "entered Coronel Bay to determine the physical parameters of temperature, electrical conductivity and especially oxygen, which is an important aspect to be highlighted," reported 24horas.cl.
The local fishermen ruled out that the causes of the stranding are related to El Niño phenomenon.
Instead, they suspect that the death of the crustaceans was due to the effects of the operation of power plants, since they use seawater as a coolant.
The results of the investigation are expected within 30 days in order to elucidate the causes of the prawn stranding.
For the experts, it may be related to the water temperature or to oxygen levels, reported BBC.
"Since yesterday [19 March] we are doing a site inspection activity in order to find out the origin of the stranding of this sea resource, which has been seen in this place for a couple of days," added the deputy commissioner of Valdivia.
Meanwhile, Marisol Ortega, the representative of the alga collectors of the sector, commented that the stranding of the prawns greatly affects their labour.
And Marta Espinoza, leader of the artisanal fishermen, ensured she was sad because of the death of the crustaceans, mainly because they could run out of natural resources to work and survive, Radio Bio Bio reported
By Analia Murias