Thou­sands of dead fish foul Rio row­ing venue

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Thou­sands of dead fish have washed up over the past week in a la­goon in Rio de Janeiro that will host row­ing and ca­noe­ing events at next year’s Olympic Games.

The lat­est headache for or­ga­niz­ers comes amid con­cerns for the health of par­tic­i­pants in the Olympic sail­ing events, who will take to the wa­ters of a bay where masses of dead fish have sim­i­larly washed ashore in re­cent months.

It was not known whether the cause in that case was an en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lem or if fish­er­men had thrown the fish aside be­cause they had no com­mer­cial value, but garbage and sewage reg­u­larly clog Rio’s wa­ter­ways.

Res­i­dents re­ported a foul stench in re­cent days at the Ro­drigo de Fre­itas La­goon be­cause of the tons of dead sil­very shad fish — the same type of fish found in Rio’s Gua­n­abara Bay.

Rower and lo­cal hope­ful Felipe Xavier said: “I have to come train but th­ese dead fish bother us be­cause the smell is very strong and the huge amount of fish slows the boat.”

En­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cials said the shad fish, which are sen­si­tive to tem­per­a­ture change, had died of “ther­mal shock.”

Alexan­dre Fer­nan­dez, row­ing coach of Botafogo club, told AFP that he had no wor­ries about the phe­nom­e­non and that he be­lieved the cause was nat­u­ral, not be­cause of pol­lu­tion.

AFP

View of dead fish at the Ro­drigo de Fre­itas La­goon that will host row­ing and ca­noe­ing events dur­ing the Rio 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thurs­day, April 16. Work­ers of Com­lurb have col­lected 37.4 tons of dead fish in a week.

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