Earlier this week, Michael Snyder sent an urgent warning that the bottom of our food chain is going through a massive collapse, with 91% of the sardine population being wiped out in just the last eight years. Due to the extremity of the decline, the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to direct the NOAA Fisheries service to halt the current season immediately, which will affect approximately 100 fishing boats with sardine permits.
Like colony collapse disorder, this is not a simple matter of managing a minor problem so that the ecosystem and benefits related to it can be enjoyed in the future. This is a NOW issue, which was reflected by the emergency closure of fisheries along the West Coast in mid-April.
It has been estimated that 90% of this year’s class of sea lion pups are starving due to a lack of sardines to eat. A record 2,250 sea lions, mostly pups, have washed up starving and stranded in Southern California, a 20-fold increase in the level of strandings averaged for the same three-month period over the past decade, and twice the number documented in 2013, the previous worst winter season recorded for Southern California sea lions.
Scientists blaming warm “blob”
Even more concerning, scientists appear to be baffled by the current phenomena unfolding in the Pacific ocean, or simply are not allowed to disclose the real reason behind these massive die offs. What they do know is that a 1,000-mile stretch of the Pacific Ocean has warmed up by several degrees (2 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit), and this giant warm “blob” was first identified in late 2013 and has been wreaking havoc with our climate and ocean population ever since.
As one contributor at ENEnews.com suggested, we need to place our attention directly on the recent Fukushima disaster and the inaction that has caused the poisoning of the Pacific Ocean to go unmitigated:
We have three cores melted out of their reactor buildings, lost in the mudrock and sandstone, which we have failed to locate and mitigate. We have an underground river running under the ruins, which we have failed to divert around the reactors. We have three empty reactors, containing nothing but corium splatter left when they blew up and melted out. We have the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem, which we have stressed beyond endurance, through ocean dumping, over fishing, agricultural runoff, and now unrestricted radiation. We have the sudden collapse of the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem, with a threatened collapse of the biosphere. We continue to allow corporate and governmental inaction. What in [the] hell did you think was going to happen?
Full article: Pacific Ocean life devastated by Fukushima radiation: Fisheries populations have crashed 91 percent (NaturalNews)