Raising a stink over washed-up sardines

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A massive fish kill on the shores of the Queule river in southern Chile on Thursday. Officials have issued a health warning even as an investigation was ordered to find out why thousands of dead sardines had washed up on the river estuary. An estimated 700 tonnes of it was removed to a dumping site,

and there are fears over the impact on public health, with the rotting fish floating along the shoreline. The dead sardines have been banned for consumption. The fish kill would have an impact on sea lions which feed on sardines and anchovies.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2016, with the headline 'Raising a stink over washed-up sardines'. Print Edition | Subscribe