Subject: Case Study: Chemicals and Marine Organisms

Michael Williamson (whe_william)
Mon, 29 Mar 1995 16:07:13

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Subj:	Die-off in the upper Gulf of California - update?
 
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Subject:      Die-off in the upper Gulf of California - update?
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An article in the Monday, March 27, 1995 edition of "The News", an
english-language daily newspaper published in Mexico city, stated:
 
 
"High concentrations of cyanide were likely the cause of death of
hundreds of sea mammals and birds in the upper Gulf of California
at the beginning of the year, according to a report released Sunday
by the Attorney General for Environmental Protection (Profepa).
Following the deaths of some 307 dolphins, 51 sea lions, eight
whales and 215 marine birds, Profepa initiated a scientific
analysis of water and tissue from dead animals, and concluded that
the highly poisonous chemical cyanide, which is used in boating,
was relesed in the waters and killed the animals."
 
 
No other details were given. I'm wondering whether any MARMAM
subscribers have access to the Profepa report or have any other
current information on the die-off that could be sent to the list?
 
Robin
 
 
 
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