Dead fish blight Rio Olympic bay, again

January 14, 2016
The heavily polluted Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is seen on June 10, 2015
The heavily polluted Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is seen on June 10, 2015

Thousands of dead fish were found floating in Rio de Janeiro's picturesque but polluted bay Wednesday, not far from where the Olympic sailing competitions will be held in August.

Bobbing in the waves alongside floating garbage, the , mostly sardines, washed ashore near the international airport, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from where Brazil will hold the 2016 Olympic sailing courses.

Masses of have previously been found floating in the bay in October 2014 and February 2015, when more than 12 tons were removed.

Authorities have blamed the tropical heat, but some residents are doubtful.

"It's because of the contamination of the water, it isn't a . The water is very, very polluted," said Roger Texeira, a 45-year-old travel agent.

Environmental authorities said they were investigating whether the fish may have been dumped by commercial fishermen who were trying to catch more valuable species.

The Rio state government had vowed a major clean-up of Guanabara bay for the Olympics, but now admits it will not meet its goal.

But Olympic organizers say the sailing venue will be clean and that competitors will not face any health risks.

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cracker_mon
5 / 5 (1) Jan 14, 2016
It's a good thing for Brazil that the folks who decide what sports are allowed to go on at the Olympics are more in line with the bankers and money hungry people of the world rather than the folks at, say, The World Health Organization. If the W.H.O. were running the show, there would be no water sports taking place there at all save those that happened in a pool, far away from the pollution that permeates the oceans around Rio.
gkam
1 / 5 (3) Jan 14, 2016
Somebody is thinking this is all a conspiracy for more taxes.

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