Saturday, May 28, 2011

500 Metric TONS of dead milk fish (bangus) found Floating in Taal Lake, Philippines - 28th May 2011

MANILA, Philippines - More than 370 metric tons of milkfish (bangus) have been floating in Taal Lake since Thursday, a local official said today.

Talisay town Mayor Zenaida Mendoza said that the tons of milkfish were from 84 fish cages in the lake located in Barangay Sampaloc.

Mendoza said more milkfish have turned up dead Saturday morning.

Municipal agriculturist Zenaida Macatangay said that the sudden change in the weather brought about by typhoon "Chedeng" could have been the reason behind the fishkill.

The town mayor, meanwhile, said that they have yet to think of a way to dispose off the thousands of dead milkfish in the town.

Local officials in four more municipalities around Taal Lake have reported fishkill incidents in their area. The fishkill's damage has been pegged at more than P30 million.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said it is already checking the extent of damage of the fishkill, which, it said, may continue until Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported that six volcanic earthquakes were recorded in Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours. Source

UPDATE: Talisay Mayor Zenaida Mendoza said, however, that several more have appeared as early as Thursday. About 500 metric tons of milk fish have died, she estimated. Source