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No fish kill in Bulacan
By: PPAO
Friday, 10 June 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS- Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado through the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) assured that Bulacan is not included among the provinces affected by fish kill.

This has also been discussed and given attention in the recent regular session by the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando.

During the session, Fernando said, “dapat malaman ng mga mamamayan na ligtas ang mga isda sa lalawigan upang makatulong sa mga tindera na hindi bumaba ang presyo ng mga ito sa pamilihan at tuluyang malugi.”

Gloria Carillo, head of PAO said that there is no need for the consumers to worry about fishes coming from Bulacan because the province strictly follows the recommendations and regulations made by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

“Una ang mga pangisdaan sa Bulacan ay nakapagpapalit ng tubig dahil nakadepende tayo sa low at high tide o ang tinatawag na tidal water, pangalawa tayo ay nasa moderate stocking, ang recommendation ng BFAR ay less than one per square meter o less than 10, 000 per hectare, dito sa atin 1,000 hanggang 8,000 ang nilalaman kada ektarya, so pasok sa itinakda kaya imposibleng magkaroon ng overstocking at pangatlo more on natural food ang kinakain ng mga isda dito, lumot at lab-lab hindi tayo nasyado sa commercial feeds,” Carillo added.

At present, the fishponds covers 16,983.75 hectares or 6.47% of the province while the body of water consists of 3,255 hectares or 1.24% of the province with an annual production of 30, 197.87 metric tons of milk fish.

Meanwhile, Capt. Benjamin Canlas, Jr. of Bgy. San Lorenzo, Norzagaray strongly denied the alleged reported case of fish kill in Angat Dam.

“Wala pong fish kill, kasi kung meron, kami ang unang makakaalam no’n dahil araw-araw pumupunta ang mga mangingisda dito, normal po ang kabuhayan dito.”

According to PAO, the fish kill being experienced by fish cages in open waters is brought about by over turn or the sudden extreme change in water temperature, over stocking or the over population of fish on a given cage which requires higher amount of food and resulted to dissolve oxygen due to eutrophication or excess nutrients that eventually became organic matters. These matters consume and share the oxygen that is meant for the fish. ###

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