High temperature possible cause of fish kill in Zamboanga City—BFAR

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 2, 2019   •   3263

Rabbitfishes (danggit) have died by the thousands in Zamboanga City allegedly due to high temperatures

High temperatures are among the possible causes of fish kill in Zamboanga City according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

An estimate of over a hundred thousand danggit or rabbitfish died at Cawa-Cawa Boulevard in Zamboanga City — it’s the first time that this has happened in the province.

According to Assistant Regional Director of BFAR-9 Al-Zath Kunting, rabbitfishes usually swim in shallow parts of the ocean, that is why high temperatures are being considered to have caused their deaths.

“Yes itong danggit hindi siya sa malalim, dito siya sa mga coastline deep on the sea grasses. Usually ang sea grasses dito sa tabing dagat. During summer season ang seagrasses namamatay (Yes, rabbitfishes don’t live in the deeper part of the ocean. They only thrive in coastline deep [areas], on the sea grasses. Sea grasses are usually near the shorelines. [But] during summer season, the sea grasses die),” he said.

Kunting added that temperature above 33 degrees Celsius can already be harmful for rabbitfishes as well as other sea creatures like groupers and porcupine fish.

BFAR already anticipated the kill especially this summer season, but they are also looking into other possible causes including poison or chemical contamination.

“May mga planta kasi dito sa may bandang west coast. Hindi ko sinasabi na nag-ano sila pero baka may nagtapon ng mga kemikal na talagang toxic(There are factories here near the west coast. I’m not saying they are [violating anything] but maybe they dumped toxic chemicals into the ocean),” according to Kunting.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Dante Amento)

Red tide alert still up in parts of Visayas, Mindanao – BFAR

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Several coastal areas in the country remain positive for paralytic shellfish poison or toxic red tide that is beyond the regulatory limit, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said Friday.

In its latest bulletin, the BFAR said that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the following coastal areas are not safe for human consumption based on the latest laboratory results:

• Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol
• Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur
• Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur
• Villareal, Cambatutay, and San Pedro Bay in Western Samar
• Carigara Bay and coastal waters of Leyte in Leyte
• Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar

The BFAR reminded the public that 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.

Alamin: Mga dapat gawin kapag kinapitan ng dikya o nakalalasong ‘box jellyfish’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Salabay, dikya o box jellyfish ang tawag sa kumapit sa pitong taong gulang na batang namatay kamakailan sa Del Gallego, Camarines Sur.

Lumalaki ang mga ito na kasing laki ng bola ng basketball pero hindi basta makikita dahil transparent ang anyo.

Ayon sa Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 5, dumarami ang populasyon ng jellyfish na ito sa mga baybayin kapag tag-araw na siyang panahon ng kanilang pagpaparami.

Kung anong lambot ng katawan nito ay siya namang bagsik ng lason na nasa mga galamay dahil sa loob lamang ng 15 minuto ay maaaring mamatay ang biktima kung hindi agad maaagapan.

“Ang unang naaapektuhan talaga yung ating respiratory system at saka sa blood vessels na din natin. Kung titingnan natin doon sa mga causes na inilalagay sa death certificate ng mga namamatay out of box jellyfish, ang usual na nakalagay doon ay anaphylactic shock o kaya anaphylaxis,” ani Nonie Enolva, ang spokesperson ng BFAR-Region 5.

Ano-ano ang mga dapat gawin kapag nakapitan ng box jellyfish?

Una, buhusan ng suka ang naapektuhang bahagi ng katawan.

Ikalawa, huwag didiinan o lalagyan ng pressure para maiwasang sumiksik sa balat ang lason.

Ikatlo, agad na itakbo sa pinakamalapit na health facility ang pasyente para malapatan ng karampatang lunas.

“Iyong nangyari nga doon sa latest na victim ng box jellyfish parang mas nadagdagan pa yun ng pressure sa paraan ng pagkuskos ng buhangin doon sa affected body parts niya. So baka po nakapagpalala iyon or baka nakapag-release pa ng mas maraming lason,” pahayag ng opisyal.

Ayon sa BFAR, mas makabubuti kung magsusuot ng proteksyon ang mga nais mag-swimming gaya ng leggings, jogging pants o rash guard sa mga baybayin.

Para naman sa mga resort owner, maaring maglagay ng net para hindi makapasok ang mga dikya sa lugar ng paliguan. MNP (sa ulat ni Rey Pelayo)

18 coastal areas in PH high in red tide toxin — BFAR

Marje Pelayo   •   May 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) announced high toxicity levels in the waters of 18 coastal areas in the Philippines.

The agency said, water samples obtained from these areas were found to be positive for paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) or toxic red tide in the latest laboratory results of BFAR and the local government units announced on May 8.

These areas include:

Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan;
Coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol;
Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental;
Coastal waters of Calubian in Leyte;
Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental;
Lianga and Bislig Bays, and coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.
Coastal waters of Daram Island, and Zumarraga, Cambatutay and Villareal Bays in Western Samar;
Coastal waters of Leyte, Carigara and Ormoc Bays, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte;
Coastal waters of Biliran Islands;
Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte

BFAR warned that all types of shellfish and Acetes (alamang) from the areas are not safe for human consumption.

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

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