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Germany: No single cause for massive Oder River fish die-off

Suspended chemicals are likely what is causing fish to die in the Oder, a German official claimed on Monday.



A/P BERLIN — The big fish die-off in the Oder River, which makes up a large portion of Germany’s border with Poland, appears to have been caused by a number of pollutants, a German official said on Monday.

A top Polish official said that Germany was distributing “false news” about pesticides being responsible for the environmental catastrophe. This claim was denied by a representative for the Environment Ministry.

According to ministry spokesman Andreas Kuebler, “the search for the causes of the fish die-off in the Oder still haven’t been concluded.” We currently know of a number of chemical and inorganic compounds that could be to blame.

He told reporters in Berlin that “it seems to be a mix of substances.” “Based on what we now know, none of these compounds contributed solely to the fish die-off. The possibility that this tragedy may have multiple causes must still be considered.

Fishermen in southwestern Poland initially discovered dead fish in the Oder in late July, but according to German authorities, their Polish counterparts didn’t officially notify them until the second week of August. The government of Poland is looking for those in charge. The river was cleared of ten tons of dead fish.

Over the weekend, Warsaw retaliated, accusing Germany of disseminating “false news” about the amount of pesticides in the river. Environment Minister Anna Moskwa made the charge.

She stated on Twitter that “the drug is tested and identified below the quantification level in Poland, i.e. it has no effect on fish and other animals.”

Germany was “surprised and a little disappointed,” according to Kuebler, by the assertion.

He asserted, “We never suggested the Polish side is accountable for the usage of chemicals and that fish died as a result.

The die-off has been referred to as an environmental “catastrophe” by Poland’s prime minister.

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