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Pollution Kills Thousands of Fish in Kashmiri Lake

SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA – Locals and officials panicked last week when they found thousands of dead fish floating in Nigeen Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir’s summer capital.
Ghulam Mohi-u-din, a boatman, called the situation alarming.

“We have never seen such phenomenon, so many dead fish at the same time,” says the boatman, who lives on his boat and makes a living growing and transporting vegetables.

He and other boatmen said the stench was unbearable in Lake Nigeen, a breeding ground for fish where fishing is prohibited.

The deaths occurred in only one part of the lake, which is smaller than but well-connected to the main Dal Lake. But pollution is a major concern in both lakes, which are the main tourist attraction in Kashmir.

A record number of tourists visited Kashmir this year, according to the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department. Although this is good for tourism, it also increased pollution in the already polluted lakes and their surroundings.

Officials collected water samples from throughout the lake and determined pollution to be the cause of the deaths. The Department of Fisheries issued an earlier statement explaining that, “This happens when a water body is loaded with high quantity of nutrients along with flow of large quantity of untreated sewage, the growth of macrophytes is accordingly very high.”

During heat waves in the summer, the oxidation of nutrients is also high, which depletes oxygen levels in the lake, according to the department’s statement. Rain then followed the heat wave, causing a sudden drop in temperature, which may have also had an adverse effect on the fish.

Dr. Shakil Ahmed Romshoo, an environmental expert and a professor of geology at the University of Kashmir, attributed the deaths to the high temperatures that have been plaguing Kashmir in recent weeks.

“The trigger for the deaths is high temperature, which leads to high growth of aquatic vegetation,” he says. “And when there is more vegetation underwater, there is also more decomposition, leading to decrease in the levels of oxygen. This was proved by the fact that most of the fish killed were small, as adult fish can survive in low oxygen conditions, too.”

He also cites pollution.

“Having said that, pollution can also be a cause, as increased vegetation in itself is an indicator of pollution,” Romshoo says. “The high nutrients lead to a robust growth in vegetation.”

Authorities used weed cleaners to clear the dead fish from the lake. The Fisheries Department expressed its regret about the incident but avowed to take the required precautionary measures for the protection of the fish going forward.

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Cali gal Michelle's picture

we all suffer....

.....even the ones we are supposed to be looking out for, have a responsibility for. Effects of pollution, toxins, environmental irresponsibility are so obvious. Everywhere our eyes land there is evidence of this- but the question is, do we actually see it? We need to all take action, no matter how seemingly small, to protect what has been given to us.

Thank you for this, Nusrat!

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Nusrat Ara's picture

I agree with you no matter

I agree with you no matter how small the action but we must act but it is sad to see that people don't seem to care. I rarely see someone who actually does something.

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Nusrat

Mukut's picture

Immediate action must be taken

Hello Nusrat, it is appalling to read that that beauty of these lakes, is getting damaged by pollution. I hope the authorities listen up,take notice and act fast. Thank You for sharing this.

Mukut Ray

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks for taking time to

Thanks for taking time to read.

Love

Nusrat

Cali gal Michelle's picture

a delayed response..

Nusrat-

Yes, we MUST act. Even if it's one step we must! The seemingly smallest thing has effects the outcome of which we can not predict. I am an avid environmentally-minded individual and all through my day am taking actions to protect our Mother and her Children. I know I can do more. We all should.

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Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks dear

Thanks dear

Nusrat

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