Public warned after fish kill hits Las Piñas, Parañaque

Marje Pelayo   •   October 11, 2019   •   1052

MANILA, Philippines – Tubs of dead fish were collected along the coastal vicinity of Las Piñas and Parañaque, specifically in the ecotourism area of Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA).

Upon reports of the fish kill on Thursday morning (October 10), the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) immediately dispatched a team of fisheries protection and law enforcement group along with technical personnel to collect water samples and investigate the cause of the fish kill.

Following the incident, the DA-BFAR in a statement advised the public not to consume dead fishes collected from the affected area pending the results of the investigation.

The agency is now working closely with the local government unit regarding the proper disposal of the dead fish. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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

DENR denies dolomite caused fish kill in Manila Bay

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A video taken by Regine Nequia, president of Baseco Seaside Neighborhood Association (BASA), showed dead fish floating in Manila Bay near the Baseco Compound on Thursday (September 17) morning.

She said that a similar incident have happened in the past, but the amount of dead fish has not been as large.

Residents are asking authorities to look into the matter not only because their livelihoods depend on the bay, but also because of the stench coming from the rotting fish.

“Ang mga nawalan ng trabaho dyan kumukuha ng pangaraw-araw ding ulam, [Residents who lost their jobs get their daily meal from the fish there],” Nequia said.

“Iyog mga mangingisda naman sa ngayon ay sadyang nababahala kasi dyan nila kinukuha yung kanilang pangkabuhayan, [Fishermen, meanwhile, expressed concern over the incident as they depend (on the bay) for their income],” she added.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has refuted claims that the dolomite or artificial white sand being dumped along Roxas Boulevard was the cause of the fish kill in the bay.

According to Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda, the Baseco area is way far from Roxas Boulevard and the two sections are divided by a breakwater.

He also noted that it seems impossible that the fish kill happened only in Baseco area but not in the Roxas Boulevard area where the dolomite dumping is located.

“It’s impossible na iyong fish kill nandoon lang sa lugar nila pero ang nourishment nandito sa kabila. Also, there is a big divider which is the breakwater so it is really impossible na dito sa atin nanggaling iyon,” Antiporda said.

The official cited similar incidents of fish kill that occurred in October last year which happened in the portions of Las Piñas and Parañaque but that was caused by the lowering of oxygen level in the water.

Nonetheless, Antiporda is not discounting the possibility of a sabotage or someone putting poison in that part of the bay to discredit the ongoing beach nourishment project.

“Mas gusto natin tingnan iyong positive side rather than may nanabotahe but hindi din namin dini-discount iyan at tinitingnan naming mabuti kung meron pa rin bang cyanide fishing,” he said.

The agency has taken water samples from Baseco area and from the site of the white beach project to help in the investigation. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

BFAR warns of shellfish poisoning in parts of Visayas, Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   August 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warns residents in coastal towns of Visayas and Mindanao about the high toxicity levels in shellfish. 

Based on the latest laboratory results of BFAR and the local government units (LGUs), shellfish collected from coastal waters of the following areas are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit:

  • Bohol
    • Dauis
    • Tagbilaran City
  • Negros Oriental
    • Tambobo Bay
    • Siaton 
    • Bais Bay
    • Bais City 
  • Leyte
    • Cancabato Bay
    • Tacloban City 
  • Davao Oriental
    • Balite Bay
    • Mati City
  • Surigao del Sur
    • Lianga Bay

The agency reminds residents that “all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption.”

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