By Anthony Giron, 25th September 2014;
Dead fish surfaced yesterday morning along Maalimango River, a tributary stretching seven barangays in this town, fueling local authorities’ suspicions of a chemical spill causing the fish kill.
Mayor Jose “Nonong” Ricafrente Jr., who immediately ordered the incident investigated, said he was still waiting as of press time yesterday afternoon for the result of the examination of the water samples taken from the river near the mouth of Manila Bay.
“The river turned from bluish to brownish… the fish kill was reported by residents just as the sun was rising from the horizon. The river was virtually clear at sundown Wednesday,” said Municipal Media Affairs Officer Sid Samaniego.
Samaniego said it was the first fish kill incident in the area with Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.) and banak (Mullet) (F. Mugilidae) among the marketable fresh water fish species found dead initially in Barangays Bagbag I and II.
But floating dead fish were also spotted from Barangay Bagbag near the Mount Sea Resort down the stretch of the river to Barangays Tejero I, Ligtong II, III and IV.
“There were more than one ton of dead fish that had been lifted from the river and there are more fish floating. The fish kill is vast and it was the first time that it happened here,” said Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Officer Rodel Marasigan.
Source: Manila Bulletin