Was the increase in salt in the water caused by the mysterious fish deaths in Central Europe?

The mystery remains as to what killed tons of fish in Central Europe.

Analysis of river samples taken in both Poland and Germany showed high salt levels, Poland’s climate and environment minister, Anna Moskwa, said in a statement.

Comprehensive toxicology studies on the subject continue.

The Polish state veterinary agency announced that they tested 7 different types of dead fish and eliminated mercury as the cause of death. However, the results of other substances are still awaited. It was determined that the test results from Germany also did not show a high mercury presence.

The Oder River runs from the Czech Republic to the border between Poland and Germany before draining into the Baltic Sea. Some of the German media suggested that the river may have been poisoned with mercury.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also said in a statement on the developments that “large amounts of chemical waste” were most likely intentionally dumped into his country’s second longest river, and that it could take years for the waterway to recover.

$220,000 reward for finding the polluter

Morawiecki said he believed there was significant environmental damage and promised to do everything possible to limit that damage. Poland’s interior minister also announced a reward of 1 million zloty ($220,000) to anyone who helps track down those who pollute the river.

Authorities in the northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania also warned people not to fish or use water from the Szczecin lagoon, as the river’s polluted water is expected to reach the catchment area by Saturday evening.

Alex Vogel, environment minister for Germany’s state of Brandenburg, said: “The scale of the fish death is shocking. “Regional waters will probably not recover for a long time,” he said.

It is reported that 10 tons of dead fish have been removed from the region so far. Hundreds of volunteers on the German side worked to help collect dead fish.

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