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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 2, 2019   •   2664

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)

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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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.

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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2020

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)


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