The regional head of the Iranian regime’s Environmental Protection Agency in Ahwaz has announced the deaths of tens of thousands of fish in the region’s famed Al-Azim marshlands due to drastically reduced water levels in the area which once teemed with marine life.
Speaking to the Iranian regime’s ISNA news agency, the agency’s regional director, Hassan Agha Shirmohammadi, said that the reason for the mass death of the fish was the reduced water levels in the marshes, with other Iranian media also reporting the same conclusion.
The environmental agency official stated that the state oil company had built roads in the area for their vehicles without coordinating with local authorities, cutting off waterways which once fed into the marshlands and sustained marine life there.
The oil companies dammed the streams that flowed into the marshlands as part of their road-building project, further reducing the already low water levels in the once-renowned marshlands, which had already been adversely affected by the regime’s damming and diversion of rivers in the region, leading to the deaths of thousands of fish.
The Al-Azim marshlands on the Iran-Iraq border, renowned as one of the richest wetland environments globally, is increasingly threatened with complete desertification due to the regime’s relentless oil exploration without any consideration for the environmental consequences, leading to mass migration by thousands of Ahwazi Arab people who once made their living from fishing in the bounteous waters there.
The local Ahwazi peoples have long complained of a foul stench in the area from the deaths of thousands of fish caused by the regime’s environmentally catastrophic policies, which was another factor in driving out the residents whose ancestors had lived in the area for many centuries.
The Environmental Protection Agency itself has failed to take any serious action to prevent the oil company from pursuing its disastrous, environmentally devastating policies in the region, apparently feeling that any damage to the Ahwazi people and region is acceptable.