Fish mass mortalities are not always related to environment


  • Athanassios C. Tsikliras [1]Laboratory of Ichthyology, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, UP Box 134, 541 24, Thessaloniki, Greece; [2]Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment, University of Thessaly, 384 46, Volos, Greece. Author



Fish mortality, Fishing, Environment, Round sardinella


Several thousands of round sardinella (Sardinella aurita Valenciennes, 1847) individuals were deposited at several locations of Kavala Gulf shoreline (northern Aegean Sea, Greece) in the morning following a strong storm. Fish biomass was estimated to exceed 2 t, with total lengths ranging from 16 to 22 cm. Instead of being the effect of environmental conditions (temperature, wind, waves) as was initially assumed, the mass mortality of the fish was caused by a small-scale fisheries vessel, whose net was damaged while unloading the fish onboard. Dead fish were simply washed ashore.


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View of the seashore with the stranded round sar- dinella (Sardinella aurita) individuals. Inside panel clearly shows the species




How to Cite

Fish mass mortalities are not always related to environment. (2024). Journal of Contradicting Results in Science, 1(1), 14-15.