Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lake Taal fishkill affecting more marine species: dead shrimps, biya, crabs and Eel have started to float, Philippines - 2nd June 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said today that more dead marine species in Taal Lake have started to float, an indication that the oxygen level in the lake is getting worse.

Esmeralda Manalang, BFAR's regional director in Calabarzon, said dead shrimps, biya, crabs, eel, and marine species locally called as mu-ang and pauto have also started to float.

Manalang said that based on their last monitoring, the lake's oxygen level has dropped to 3.71 parts per million, way below the normal level of 6 PPM.

The BFAR official said that the fishkill in the lake may continue until the next two months.

At least 700 metric tons of bangus and tilapia have been affected in the fishkill, but BFAR said that it will not affect the minimum supply requirement for the whole country, which is 5.56 million metric tons.

“The supply of fish in Metro Manila will not be affected as large volumes of fish supply from Region VI and other adjacent areas,” BFAR said.

The agency has advised an early harvest to fish cage owners in Taal Lake to avoid being affected by the fishkill.

It said that as soon as the oxygen level in the lake normalizes, it will release free fingerlings to authorized fish cages to ease the impact of the fishkill to local businessmen. Source