Now wild fish found dead in northern Penang Island

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So it is not just farmed fish grown in the sea off the coast of northern Penang Island that have died. Wild fish too have perished along the Teluk Bahang shore.

What have we learned so far:

Prof Aileen Tan of Cemacs says:

  • the damage to the coastal ecology was “unimaginable”
  • heavy metals were detected but the level was not high enough to kill fish in the May incident
  • there was a shift of phytoplankton diversity; high concentration
  • the dissolved oxygen at the affected area is extremely low (below 4mg/L, even below 2mg at some places)
  • there are signs of eutrophication (excessive nutrients) in the very shallow bay – may cause the depletion of dissolved oxygen – excessive nutrients in the water (phosphate and ammonia)
  • nutrient levels still high
  • strong current and waves from Typhoon Lekima might have stirred some toxins from the seabed
  • the high mortality is so drastic; it happened during neap tide where the water movement is minimal
  • the combined factors of toxin and low dissolved oxygen may have caused a stressed environment for fish
  • the earlier incident happened gradually with groupers – followed by other fish like snappers a couple of weeks later
  • she cannot not rule out the water quality in Teluk Bahang, which has degraded over the years, as the reason the fish were dying
  • the sea stank of hydrogen sulphide and ammonia
  • latest: high concentration of ammonia and nitrate up to 7km from the coast; ammonia level in the seawater was 0.07mg/L but at 7km away, it rose to 0.9mg/L
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I was told: “Hydrogen sulphide and ammonia are gases released from decomposition of organic matter under anaerobic (oxygen-starved) conditions, probably at the sea floor, and get churned up with disturbance….”

So the big question is, what exactly is the stuff on the sea bed (that was dumped there?) that got churned up whether by the currents or by dredging or whatever?

Meanwhile,

  • fisherman from Bagan Ajam on the mainland spotted thick sedimentation plume behind a maintenence dredger leaving the harbour
  • they are supposed to dump the dredged material 13km from the North Channel or 11km from Mukah Head
  • maintenance dredging of North Butterworth Container Terminal is done every year
  • but why the need for dredging so often to keep the depth at 11-12 metres?
  • what is causing the shallowing of the port waters? is there a study to find out the reason?
  • who is ultimately footing the bill for this “maintenance dredging”?

Slightly further north at the Tanjung Tokong/Gurney Drive reclamation site, where 890 acres is being reclaimed:

  • E & O says it has dumped dredged material in the waters off Mukah Head (the approved dumpsite) until 20 January 2018
  • after that, the dredged material was used at the E&O Gurney reclamation site
  • Has there been any study of the impact of the first phase of the Sri Tanjung Pinang reclamation?

Directly across the channel from Gurney Drive, a fisherman at Bagan Ajam in mainland Penang told me their fish catch has plummeted by up to 90% in recent years.

What will this do to the price of fish in the local markets?

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With our waters already so polluted, silted and with low dissolved oxygen, with fish dying by the thousands in northern Penang Island, do we really want to finish off another precious source of fish off the southern coast of Penang Island by reclaiming 4,500 acres to build three unnecessary artificial islands – along with an additional 1,600 acres of reclamation on mainland Penang.

Bear in mind that the population of Penang is barely rising; so why the need for such massive reclamation when there is still land around Batu Kawan?

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Aleclim
Aleclim
16 Aug 2019 8.32pm

The damages from the 3 proposed islands south of Penang will be permanent! Pls think b4 proceeding with the destructive projects!!!

Shriek
19 Aug 2019 6.57pm
Reply to  Aleclim

Sinkapore reclaimed by 25% increase. Any complain? Or everyone said is a garden city. How many visitors will drop by and go for round island tour

tunglang
tunglang
16 Aug 2019 3.09pm

A case of myopic materialistic development that’s gone wrong: Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing urges love in response to growing protests Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2019/08/16/hong-kong-tycoon-li-ka-shing-urges-love-not-violence-in-first-protest-comments#OU7UmDETRqmSFkPG.99 With due respect to Li ka-shing, he should by now know what it takes to wholesomely nurture a society to its best, not to its most expensive place on planet Earth to live , to work, to call home or cage. He should by now know businesses can be crippled by people’s power, not always the other way around. Painful is the Achilles heel, Mr Li! The escalating pro-democracy protests in HK are not solely… Read more »

Pipit
Pipit
17 Aug 2019 1.03pm
Reply to  tunglang

Lee Ka Shing speculated and made tons of money in Hong Kong property market causing price hike beyond the purchasing power of young Hong Kong folks so disillusioned that they are now flying Union Jack and Ubcle Sam flags.

tunglang
tunglang
17 Aug 2019 3.07pm
Reply to  Pipit

Money is so loved in HK that these super-rich are highly worshipped & given great leeways to monopolise + manipulate the economy esp. property market under a one country, 2 system rule. So much so the wayward super rich from Da-Lu (mainland China) find safe haven in HK to continue siphoning their ill gotten gains from corruption. A safe haven where the PRC rule of law cannot touch them – thus the need for extradition law to reach such rogues. It was rumoured that these rogues financed the mostly young protesters to violently oppose the proposed extradition law. So you… Read more »

Pipit
Pipit
19 Aug 2019 3.36pm
Reply to  tunglang

The older generation in Hong Kong does not identify with the escalating actions of the young protesters and generally back the police’s handling of the disturbances that have gripped the city, according to those interviewed by CNA.
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hong-kong-protests-elderly-unhappy-with-young-people-violence-11821104

Shriek
18 Aug 2019 4.18pm
Reply to  tunglang

Tu Lang, business can be crippled but workers can be orso get fired getting fried cuttle fish. Boss no businesses, workers orso no job, no income.

tunglang
tunglang
18 Aug 2019 11.40pm
Reply to  tunglang

One of the main causes of brewing frustrations of HongKees is sky-high property prices beyond affordability of the majority which also led to inflation of most goods & services. This can serve a lesson for our politicians intending to tango with developers at the expense of the commons. READ: Carrie Lam can defuse the Hong Kong protests by taking on the property tycoons https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/3023162/carrie-lam-can-defuse-hong-kong-protests-taking-property-tycoons In the 22 years since Hong Kong was handed back to Chinese rule in 1997, every time a crisis has broken out – the crisis of governance in 2003, the national education controversy in 2012, the… Read more »

Pipit
Pipit
20 Aug 2019 9.25pm
Reply to  tunglang

Property consultants: People in protest-hit Hong Kong eyeing ‘Malaysia My Second Home’ initiative

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/08/20/property-consultants-people-in-protest-hit-hong-kong-eyeing-malaysia-my-sec/1782511

Don Anamalai
Don Anamalai
23 Aug 2019 12.29pm
Reply to  tunglang

Singapore’s success in HDB public housing shows that the British did not have good public housing for Hong Kong heartlanders causing today’s discontent among the youth.

Looking back at history, we must salute Lee Kuan Yew for his vision and accomplishment in this area. Never mind Singapore has less human rights compared to Hong Kong, but it’s residents have their own home with good jobs and strong currency.

glissantia
glissantia
19 Aug 2019 7.26pm
Reply to  tunglang

Uncle Sam would like us to believe that this is democracy fighting communism, though it is playing a major role, just as in Xinjiang and Myanmar. In fact it is yet another case of rabid capitalism falling on its face. Though HK has extradition treaties with other countries including the former colonial master, the ordinary people have to take out their frustration against someone.

Pipit
Pipit
20 Aug 2019 8.02pm
Reply to  glissantia

If the pro-democracy students were not crushed and won the day during the Tiananmen Incident decades ago, China would have been broken up into different countries just like what had happened to Soviet Union, to the delight of Uncle Sam. And we will not have Huawei or 1 Belt 1 Road today. So Uncle Sam is trying its luck again today, sponsoring (in the name of democracy) the disillusioned black-shirted, face-masked and yellow-helmeted youth of Hong Kong, in order to derail China from becoming a Superpower nation. The Hong Kong youth should learn the history how their forefathers were fed… Read more »

tunglang
tunglang
22 Aug 2019 10.56pm
Reply to  tunglang

Singapore is calm while Hong Kong boils, and it’s down to this city’s greedy developers and landlords profiting at the people’s expense https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3023639/singapore-calm-while-hong-kong-boils-and-its-down-citys-greedy For too long, the Hong Kong government has allowed landlords and developers to get fat on runaway property prices. If Carrie Lam really wants to defuse the protest anger, she must radically overhaul the dysfunctional housing policy. Hong Kong’s street protests are into their third month and continuing, disrupting traffic and daily life. The unrest is also having an adverse economic impact. Why is there not more public anger at these disrupters? An important reason is the… Read more »

tunglang
tunglang
16 Aug 2019 1.24pm

Q: If those fishes bred in enclosures at shallow depth died due to lack of oxygen, how come those wild free ranging fishes living in the open sea also died. Don’t tell us these wild fishes only lived in shallow waters? Don’t you think the open sea in Teluk Bahang is now a dead fish zone irrespective of shallow or deep waters?

DOE, Perhilitan, Yeo Bee Yin (Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change). What are you all going to do? Go swimming?

Wei
Wei
16 Aug 2019 8.09pm
Reply to  tunglang

LOL, can’t help laughing at the irony…kpkb king want the fish to be alive so they can eventually be caught and ended up in your stomach, and worse you want more to be caught so you can have more cheapo seafood…no wonder the fish go and kill themselves first rather than go through the agony

stop indulgence in seafood only then talk lar….

tunglang
tunglang
17 Aug 2019 12.51pm
Reply to  Wei

Talking nonsense again! Pls try harder for the rest fo your he-he-he!
Life is too short for all day nonsense & spinning like a KneeJerk!

SpaceMarine
SpaceMarine
18 Aug 2019 10.00pm

Listen to SG PM Lee thoughts during NDR 2019 on climate change and its implications ie, rising sea levels that will bring negative consequences to the livelihood of its people. How Singapore plans to emulate the Dutch “Polder” technology to combat it and more interestingly could be utilized to create additional land reserves, effectively killing two birds with one stone. As an island state(Penang) facing similar challenges, perhaps CM Chow can lead a contingent to on a “lawat sambil belajar” trip to the Centre for Climate Research Singapore(CCRS), especially hearing the thoughts of the SG experts on the viability of… Read more »

SpaceMarine
SpaceMarine
19 Aug 2019 1.45pm
Reply to  SpaceMarine

The Link above appears to be broken. Here is the updated one.
https://youtu.be/83sLKKUxicw
Hope you enjoy

glissantia
glissantia
19 Aug 2019 5.12pm
Reply to  SpaceMarine

S’pore is evaluating or working on advanced concepts such as (a) almost zero waste (b) preplanned zones for underground development to increase space (c) eliminating the need to import water (d) care for the aged and those having dementia. And what do we have? World’s longest dodol, champion importer of trash from hypocrite countries, rising NCDs, theoretical welfare that never reaches the non-elite, khat, flying car, …

Learn form S’pore? You must be joking.

Don Anamalai
Don Anamalai
23 Aug 2019 12.31pm
Reply to  glissantia

Singapore is preparing for big flood caused by ice cap melting. They always think ahead with contingency plan.

Here in Malaysia the politicians only eye the high profits from Lynda. Sigh!

Don Anamalai
Don Anamalai
23 Aug 2019 12.33pm
Reply to  Don Anamalai

I mean Lynas, not Lynda.
Blame the auto spelling of my iPhone.

Anyway, keep posting news on the success stories of our neighbouring countries. We must open our eyes to their accomplishments!

tunglang
tunglang
23 Aug 2019 9.08pm
Reply to  Don Anamalai

All the more Penang DAPCAT should forget building 3 fantasy islands. At the rate the ice caps are melting, won’t be surprised like the scientists almost 80% of the small, sea level islands will disappear under the tides in less than a decade!

Pipit
Pipit
19 Aug 2019 12.09pm

Climate change is one of the gravest challenges the human race faces and Singapore is already feeling its impact – which is likely to worsen over the next few decades, said Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday (Aug 18).

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ndr-2019-climate-change-impact-singapore-greatest-threat-sea-11819382

Pipit
Pipit
18 Aug 2019 6.58pm

Environmental experts have ascertained that the reclamation in Gurney Drive has no connection with the pollution and mass deaths of fish affecting Teluk Bahang.

Experts discovered that the Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 2 (STP2) reclamation project was in a different coastal cell from Teluk Bahang, based on the Integrated Shoreline Management Plan.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/08/18/reclamation-unlinked-to-teluk-bahang-woes

Pipit
Pipit
19 Aug 2019 3.17pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Don’t ask me. I am not an expert.

You can convey your questions to YB Sim or those professors in USM.

Wei
Wei
19 Aug 2019 9.33am
Reply to  Pipit

hehe….this is great…a timely rebuttal to unsubstantiated claims and sinister smear campaign by youknowwho…..they must be sorely disappointed ..hehe

Pipit
Pipit
25 Aug 2019 12.36pm

Sharing his transformation on the journey to healthier living, Tan Sri Vincent Tan said he has been “psychologically and spiritually healthier” since he became a vegetarian.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/08/25/tan-turning-vegetarian-changed-my-life-for-the-better#PZsDmcHdzcg8SBiQ.99

Vincent Tan should set up a healthy vegetarian fast food chain in Malaysia. Amithaba.

tunglang
tunglang
24 Aug 2019 12.44pm

Sea sand mining off Selangor, Perak reducing catch, says Fisheries Dept chief https://malaysia.yahoo.com/news/sea-sand-mining-off-selangor-021053505.html KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 24 — The seafood haul from Selangor and Perak has declined sharply as a result of off-shore sand mining activities both legal and illegal, according to the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM). This has affected the livelihood of thousands of coastal fishermen in both states, its chairman told Berita Harian in an interview published today. “However, LKIM does not have the authority to control sea sand mining activities as it falls under the jurisdiction of several other agencies. “What is sure, this activity… Read more »

Pipit
Pipit
20 Aug 2019 11.07am

Zakir is now as good as (finished) now in Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 — Authorities have now barred fugitive preacher Dr Zakir Naik from delivering public talks in all states in Malaysia.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/08/20/dr-zakir-naik-now-banned-from-giving-speeches-anywhere-in-malaysia/1782255

tunglang
tunglang
20 Aug 2019 9.36pm
Reply to  Pipit

He’s barred from public speaking BUT not deported yet.
From hard pressed to empathy for this PR fugitive, what more to expect from PH?
The next excuse may be just leave him alone!

tunglang
tunglang
23 Aug 2019 9.12am
Reply to  tunglang

My prediction comes true:
No deportation of Zakir Naik for now – Mahathir
https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/489065

I tried to predict the next DaMaCai strike of happiness but never come close to the one above!

Maurice
Maurice
23 Aug 2019 3.03pm
Reply to  tunglang

PH dare make Malays angry for fear of losing votes.

Zakir will continue to live here to convert more Mualaf!

Pipit
Pipit
19 Aug 2019 6.50pm

Malaysia’s oldest Malay language daily Utusan Malaysia may shut down on Wednesday.
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/08/19/utusan-malaysia-may-cease-operations-this-wednesday/1782142

Umno will use PAS’ Harakah after this(?)

Pipit
Pipit
19 Aug 2019 11.10am

Sim blamed Lekima wiping out RM60mil of Penang agro industry

Lim Goh Poh
Lim Goh Poh
18 Aug 2019 11.19am

PI (Public Inspection) for Bayan Lepas route LRT by CM Chow administration is happening now fyi. Anil a d Forumers to participate or lobby at Komtar 3rd floor exhibition?

Lim Goh Poh
Lim Goh Poh
16 Aug 2019 7.55pm

Ikan Bakar now may offer good prices now that there are abundance of perished fish to be disposed of. Go enjoy and see you all at Bricksfield 24 June.

Jim Bean
Jim Bean
18 Aug 2019 12.14pm
Reply to  Lim Goh Poh

Lekor too. Cheap ingredients. Not good.
Better take caution.
Else be sorry later.
Eat fresh. Not rotten ones.

glissantia
glissantia
19 Aug 2019 7.18pm
Reply to  Jim Bean

Pro-capitalist WHO has admitted that processed meat is carcinogenic. Good luck to the enthusiasts of “fast food” which is highly processed using the cheapest materials. Lekor is processed seafood. In fact, other research shows that we increase our risk of illness with processed food of any kind. Fresh fruits or veg. with thick skin are worth their weight in gold as the masters of the universe have yet to contaminate these.

tunglang
tunglang
16 Aug 2019 1.12pm

Wake up CM Chow Chow!
Sea reclamation is fishy business bringing along destructive elements to our environment & marine life. This Hungry Ghost month, people are praying for merits for those who have passed away. Hope you won’t have to bear the Karma effects of not listening to the people esp. the fishermen.
Hope you wake up with a full conscience & awareness of “life is short, do more good”.

Wei
Wei
16 Aug 2019 8.16pm
Reply to  tunglang

exactly do more good by implementing project that provide jobs, opportunity ,improve living standard and bring prosperity and economic well being to the community and people…and PSR and PTMP are those project…

Pipit
Pipit
17 Aug 2019 1.05pm
Reply to  Wei

Today we see dead fish.
Maybe in future it will be dead people due to radioactive contamination (on underground water) from radioactive waste?

tunglang
tunglang
17 Aug 2019 8.52pm
Reply to  Pipit

A future catastrophe may happen in Ayer Itam should the PTMP go ahead with hill tunnelling + viaducts cutting across 2 major fault lines just below the Air Itam Dam. A dam burst that may take out a town, flood a city & destroy anything in its path. No least the Kuan Yin Temple.

Jim Bean
Jim Bean
18 Aug 2019 12.15pm
Reply to  Pipit

818 support anti Lynas for the sake of our future.

We do not want a Chernobyl crisis here.

PH please stick to your janji to kick out Lynas.

Pipit
Pipit
18 Aug 2019 6.48pm
Reply to  Jim Bean

Bentong MP Wong Tack will launch a campaign to take a headcount of elected representatives who are for or against Lynas.

“The petition form will be put up on Himpunan Hijau’s website by Monday (Aug 19). The people can download the form and ask their elected representatives to make their stand known.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/08/18/wong-tack-to-launch-petition-to-find-out-elected-G-stand-on-lynas#C2J5qYDRhIuoX01X.99