Fishermen gather dead fish in Maalimango River yesterday.
Fishermen gather dead fish floating in the coastal bay of Bagbag Dos, Ligtong Rosario, in Cavite.
Photos by Edd Gumban
Philippines: Fish kill hits Cavite river
By Ed Amoroso, 27th September 2014;
At least two tons of Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.) and bangus (Milkfish) (Chanos chanos) were found floating along the banks of Maalimango River in Rosario, Cavite, an official said yesterday.
Rosario Mayor Jose Nonong Ricafrente said they were still waiting for the results of fish and water sampling tests by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
He said they were verifying reports that chemicals from factories near the river caused the fish kill. There are at least 300 factories and establishments near Maalimango River.
Ricafrente said he would order the closure of any establishment found to be dumping chemical waste into the river.
Workers buried the dead fish hauled from the river yesterday in a vacant lot.
News reports from other sources mention mullets (F. Mugilidae) instead of Milkfish as being among the main victims of this mass mortality event. Based on the photos, it appears that at least one Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) was also a victim.