Blast fishing possible cause for mass whale stranding in Catanduanes—BFAR

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2020   •   391

Authorities are looking into blast fishing as a possible cause for the mass stranding of melon-headed whales in San Andres, Catanduanes.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said at least 13 melon-headed whales were found dead on Thursday (October) after a mass stranding in the costal waters of the province. Around 70 melon-headed whales were found stranded in a mangrove area in Barangay Bon-Ot.

Chief of Marine Fisheries Resource Management Section of BFAR Bicol, Nonie Enolva, said these kinds of whales are usually under the deep parts of the sea and the loud sound of a blast fishing might have disturbed them.

Initial investigation of the agency also found blood on the mouth, ear drums and blow holes of the melon-headed whales which might have been an effect of a huge shockwave under the sea.

“Iyong mga nabingi because of blast fishing activities ang behavior niya is inaangat sa surface ng tubig as if gasping for air, (Those who have been deafened because of blast fishing activities, their behavior is to swim to the surface as if gasping for air),” the official said.

Authorities also said they will continue to monitor the area to immediately respond to another possible mass stranding. AAC (with reports from Dan Gersalia)

BFAR warns of shellfish poisoning in 20 coastal areas in PH

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and local government units (LGUs) issued a warning on Tuesday (January 12) that shellfishes collected in several parts of the country are still positive for paralytic poison that is beyond the regulatory limit. 

The affected areas include:

  • Honda and Puerto Princesa Bays in Puerto Princesa City;
  • Coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound;
  • Taytay in Palawan; 
  • Coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate; 
  • Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; 
  • Coastal waters Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; 
  • Tambobo Bay, Sianton in Negros Oriental; 
  • Coastal waters of Zumarraga in Western Samar; 
  • Coastal waters of Calubian, Leyte, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte; 
  • Coastal waters of Biliran Islands; 
  • Coastal waters of Guiuan in Eastern Samar; 
  • Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental; Lianga bay and Coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur; 
  • Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur.

Moreover, coastal waters of Daram Island and Cambatutay Bay in Western Samar; Matarimao Bay in Eastern Samar; and Carigara Bay in Leyte are now positive for red tide toxin.

BFAR advised residents nearby to refrain from consuming all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas as they are not safe for human consumption.

Meanwhile, fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

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Wildlife conservation must continue amid pandemic —DENR

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reiterated the need to continue wildlife conservation even amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

This was after a nesting sea turtle was sighted in Zambales province. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu also reported several sightings of nesting sea turtles were in other areas.

“Even if we are faced with a difficult situation brought about by the threats of the disease, we must continue to strive to protect and preserve our endangered pawikan,” he said.

He added that the sightings prove that the efforts of conserving wildlife was not in vain.

The DENR’s Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Olongapo City also received a report that sea turtles laying eggs were spotted at a beach resort in San Antonio town.

The DENR said they will monitor the situation of these nests to protect them from poachers and illegal wildlife traders.  AAC

Shellfish poisoning, red tide warning up in several Phl coastal waters

Marje Pelayo   •   October 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Tuesday (October 20) advised the public that shellfish harvested in selected areas are tested with high levels of paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

The affected areas include:

  • Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan;coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate;
  • coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol;
  • Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental;
  • coastal waters of Daram Island, Zumarraga, and Irong-irong and San Pedro Bays in Western Samar;
  • Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte;
  • Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar;
  • Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental; and
  • Lianga Bay and coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.

In an advisory, the BFAR said this was confirmed based on the latest laboratory results of the agency and Local Government Units (LGUs).

Meanwhile, the following coastal waters are also confirmed positive of red tide toxin:

  • coastal waters of Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay and Samal); and
  • coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan.

This prompted the agency to issue a warning that shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption.

#RedTidePHShellfish Bulletin No. 22 Series of 2020dated October 19, 2020Based on the latest laboratory results of…

Posted by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Central Office on Monday, 19 October 2020

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