MAKHACHKALA, March 3 – RIA Novosti. Mass death of wild birds was recorded in the Agrakhan Bay of Dagestan and the Muraveinik Bay in the suburbs of Makhachkala, the head of the Caspian Environmental Center Zaur Gapizov told RIA Novosti.
The first bird carcasses were discovered by an amateur fisherman, an underwater hunter Omar Aliyev. He posted photos and videos on the network, which attracted the attention of ecologists and authorities.
“We received a signal about a mass mortality of ducks and swans in the area of the Agrakhan Bay. Our coastal patrol of specialists and scientists from the Caspian Conservation Center and the Institute of Ecology and Sustainable Development of DGU was sent to the place of death of birds. swan, coot, mallard, drake. Our specialists took biological material and delivered it to the laboratory for a thorough study of the cause of the mass death of birds. At the moment, several versions are being considered: poaching, bird pestilence or poisoning, we are waiting for the test results “, – said the interlocutor agencies.
In turn, Omar Aliyev, in an interview with RIA Novosti, expressed the assumption that the cause of the mass death of birds lies in muddy water.
“The Agrakhan Gulf has always been famous for the transparency of its water. For almost a month the turbidity of the water does not go away. I have not noticed a smell or dirty spots near the water. There are a lot of carcasses of birds, and half-dead people die in convulsions. Local fishermen say that they have lowered their nets even lower, because that a lot of dead birds are nailed to them. Hunters say that birds are fat, that is, they do not die of hunger, “- said the fisherman.
Acting Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of Dagestan Rakhman Hamidov told RIA Novosti that the specialists of the department, together with representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor, went to the site and collected materials for analysis.
“So far, we cannot name the exact cause of the death of birds. We sent the materials to Moscow, and we will find out the results in a few days,” said the agency's source.