Dead fish in the Omitlán River Dead fish from the Omitlán River. bajo palabra

Die-off of fish, shrimp analyzed in Guerrero

Some blame pollution from a hydroelectric plant upriver

State and federal authorities are investigating a die-off of thousands of fish and shrimp reported by people living near the Omitlán River in the Guerrero municipality of Juan R. Escudero.

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Specialists have taken water samples and tissue samples from the fish to determine the cause of the die-off, which residents say has been occurring at this time of year for about seven years.

Escudero Mayor Leonel Leyva Muñoz advised residents to avoid consuming fish and shrimp from that part of the river until the causes of their death can be determined.

However, some residents, normally dedicated to fishing, had already retrieved several fish that were still alive and sold them in the municipal market.

The newspaper Milenio reported that some people suspect that the die-off of fish and other wildlife was caused by pollutants spilled at the hydroelectric power generation station located upriver in Carolina, a town in the municipality of Quechultenango.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • JayJohnson

    “We paid off the required pols and crats, so it wasn’t us.”

  • WestCoastHwy

    hydroelectric power generation dams don’t pollute. it’s a clean source of energy. fish don’t spawned in mexico to my knowledge. if there is mining in the area that uses the reservoir, that’s another story.

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