Jakarta. Thousands of dead fish have again washed up on the north coast of Jakarta in the past few days, presumably due to a lack of oxygen in the polluted waters.
“In the morning, I found just a few dozen dead fish [floating on the water] but as hours went by, the number grew to hundreds and it created a foul stench,” Bambang, a 47-year-old fisherman at Muara Angke port said on Thursday.
He added: “It is not unusual that many fish die, like this. But this year, there has been an increase both in the frequency and the volume.”
In late November, a large number of dead fish were found in waters near Ancol Dreamland, an amusement park in North Jakarta.
The Jakarta Environmental Agency (BPLHD) said it would take samples of the dead fish and the water at Muara Angke for analysis.
Earlier this month, the agency said it suspected Ancol fish deaths were caused by industrial pollution.