Blast fishing possible cause for mass whale stranding in Catanduanes—BFAR
Aileen Cerrudo • October 9, 2020 • 560
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)
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Thursday warned the public against collecting and eating shellfish gathered from 10 coastal areas in the country due to red tide toxins.
In its Shellfish Bulletin No. 6 dated March 10, BFAR said its latest laboratory tests on shellfishes collected from several coastal waters in various parts of the Visayas and Mindanao indicated positive results for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
These coastal areas include:
Coastal Waters of Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan
Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon
Coastal Waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol
Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental
Coastal Waters of Calubian, and Cancato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte
Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur
Murcielagos Bay (Sapang Dalaga and Baliangao) and Coastal Waters of Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental
Taguines Lagoon, Benoni, Mahinog in Camiguin
Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental
Lianga Bay and Coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur
Shellfish Bullentin No. 06 Series of 2021 March 10, 2021
BFAR said that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the areas mentioned are not safe for human consumption.
On the other hand, 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, it added.
“Knowing its importance to our country’s economy and overall food security, it is our duty to protect these species from further degradation using a science-based approach to fisheries management, parallel with the strategies of the OneDA approach to effect transformation in the agro-fishery sector,” DA-BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona said of the order which took effect midnight of Tuesday (February 16).
Gongona added that conservation measures like the sardine closed season are integrated in the National Sardines Management Plan which the DA-BFAR is already adopting.
Under the Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) No. 167-3 s. 2013, the government places the Visayan Sea and its vicinities under closed fishing season from November 15 to February 15 annually.
Said measure aims to ensure the protection and conservation of sardines and herrings (Clupeidae), as well as mackerels (Scombridae) in the said fishing ground during their spawning period.
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