SANTIAGO – Thousands of sardines were washed up and stranded on the shores of several communities in the southern Chilean region of Araucania, officials said.
More strandings are possible due to natural factors, Bernardo Pardo, regional director of the National Fisheries Service, or Sernapesca, told reporters.
The strandings were first reported by fishermen in Caleta La Barra, in the Tolten community, located 670 kilometers (415 miles) south of Santiago, where a similar massive fishkill happened in mid-April.
“What happened with the sardines is associated with the so-called upwelling. It is a natural event where masses of water with low oxygen content rise up from the ocean’s depths to the surface, killing fish,” oceanographer Susannah Buchan told EFE.