Thousands of fish die in contaminated Mexico reservoir

Jul 02, 2013
Dead fish pile up on the banks of the Hurtado Dam lagoon in Acatlan de Juarez, Mexico, on July 1, 2013. Thousands of fish turned up dead after a company that made food for livestock without a permit dumped huge amounts of molasses into the water, authorities said Monday.

Thousands of fish turned up dead in a western Mexico reservoir after a company that made food for livestock without a permit dumped huge amounts of molasses into the water, authorities said Monday.

The fish were deprived of oxygen after the company poured hundreds of liters of molasses into the canal that feeds into the Hurtado Reservoir in the state of Jalisco, the mayor of Acatlan de Juarez, Emeterio Corona, told AFP.

"The environment and the sustenance of everybody (in the community) was damaged. What will they live off? I'm outraged. This is a tragedy," he said on the banks of the reservoir as removed the .

Arturo Arceo, a member of a fishing cooperative in the community of San Pedro Valencia, said at least 500 tonnes of and bream were killed.

The mayor has requested government help for the 180 families that live off fishing in the reservoir.

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Corporatism at its finest... so this is what the 21st century looks like.

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