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Mass of dead sardines found on beach from boat error

Ensenada, Baja California — A mass of dead fish was discovered washed up on a beach in Ensenada, Baja California that has left environmental officials baffled.

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) attended to the discovery of the mass death of Monterrey sardines that were found already in a state of decomposition in waters and along the beaches of Ensenada, Baja California.

Inspectors from Profepa responded to the citizen report in which a reference was made to the massive presence of dead fish along the beach known as El Pabellón located in Ensenada, Baja California.

The inspectors made several trips to the beach area with the purpose of detecting contaminants, signs of the presence of fuels, chemical products or presence of red tide that could have given rise to the death of the fish, however, no contaminants were detected.

Interviews were conducted with natives and local residents who stated that before the sighting of dead fish, two large vessels were seen that could possibly be responsible for the capture or fishing of sardine or anchovy.

A query was made with the satellite vessel tracking system which confirmed that a boat had been in the area. Apparently, the large vessel made a calculation error when loading the fish, which resulted in them ending up in the sea and eventually, the beach.

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