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Philippines: 3 more villages report fish kill
By Erwin P. Nicavera, 26th May 2016;

Three more villages in Isabela, Negros Occidental, situated along Binalbagan River reported a fish kill, but these recent incidents have not affected the livelihood of the residents, said Arturo Calma, municipal agriculture officer.

Aside from Tinongan and Panaquiao, Calma told Sun.Star Bacolod on Wednesday that also affected were Barangays 5, Bungahin, and Poblacion between Monday and Tuesday.

Calma said at least 500 residents of the five barangays living near the river were affected. Sugarcane farming is their main source of living.

“The fish kill is not a threat to the livelihood of the residents in the affected areas, only to their health thus, we have warned them to stop getting dead fish from the river for consumption,” he added.

The Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD) earlier said that the fish kill was possibly caused by sulfur contamination following heavy rains that washed out ash fall emitted by Mt. Kanlaon.

PDMPD said high contamination of sulfur in the river might have resulted from the pyroclastic material flow brought by the recent ash fall emission of the volcano, which is “normal occurrence” according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist Fisheries Division, which took water and mud samples from the river, has yet to release the result of the laboratory analysis.

Aside from Isabela, fish kill incidents were also reported in some areas of Binalbagan and Moises Padilla.

OPA said La Castellana was found negative for fish kill.

For the remaining towns, there are no confirmations yet, thus monitoring and assessment continue.

Source: Sun.Star

Dead fish were found in a portion of Binalbagan River in Barangay Quintin Remo in Moises Padilla town.
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Philippines: Fish kill hits river in southern Negros
By Erwin P. Nicavera, 25th May 2016;

Two barangays in Isabela town, situated along Binalbagan River in southern Negros Occidental, reported a fish kill possibly caused by sulfur contamination following heavy rains that washed out ash fall emitted by Mt. Kanlaon.

Arturo Calma, municipal agriculture officer of Isabela, told Sun.Star Bacolod on Tuesday, May 24, that fish kill incidents were recorded in Barangays Tinongan and Panaquiao starting Monday afternoon, May 23.

Calma said that sacks of dead fishes, particularly Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.), Mudfish (Common Snakehead) (Channa striata), and Eel (F. Anguillidae and F. Synbranchidae), were found floating on the river, some covered with mud.

“We have learned that some residents are even collecting dead fish for consumption,” Calma said, adding that monitoring and assessment is being conducted by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Municipal Agriculture Office.

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) through its Fisheries Division took water and mud samples from the two affected barangays on Tuesday.

Aquaculture technician Constancio EspaƱola Jr. said they will subject the samples to laboratory analysis to determine the actual cause of the fish die-off.

Aside from Isabela, fish kill incidents were also reported in some areas of Binalbagan, La Castellana, and Moises Padilla located along the Binalbagan River.

But EspaƱola said there is no confirmation yet from Binalbagan and Isabela.

“The last positive fish kill incident in La Castellana was last April this year, but for now, there is no confirmed reports from the area,” he said.

The Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD) is also validating reports on fish kill, said its head Zephard Gerhart Caelian.

Caelian said heavy rains over the weekend washed out the ashfall from Mt. Kanlaon toward nearby bodies of water, including Binalbagan River.

“The high contamination of sulfur in the river might have resulted from the pyroclastic material flow brought by the recent ash fall emission of the volcano,” Caelian said, adding that according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), “it is a normal occurrence.”

Last May 11, a sulfurous odor that lasted for almost 10 hours was smelled in portions of La Carlota City and La Castellana town, particularly those living near Mt. Kanlaon.

For areas with confirmed fish kill incidents, PDMPD warned residents to avoid consuming dead fish, or even swimming in the affected-portions of the river.

“Exposure and intake of contaminated water pose health hazards, including poisoning and skin diseases,” Caelian said.

Source: Sun.Star

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Philippines: Fish kills reported in Pangasinan and Negros Occidental; bangus prices fall
By John Ted Cordero, 25th May 2016;

Changes in weather pattern have caused fish kills in two municipalities of Pangasinan.

According to a report on News To Go on Wednesday, the fish kills occurred in the municipalities of Anda and Bolinao.

Fish trade in two barangays of Bolinao and Anda were affected by the said fish kill.

Thirty percent of bangus (Milkfish) (Chanos chanos) have died causing the prices to fall at P10 per kilo, the report said.

The municipal agriculturist explained that the fish kills were caused by changing weather.

He added the weather is very hot during morning but rain will fall suddenly in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, a fish kill was also reported in Binalbagan River in the municipality of Isabela, Negros Occidental.

According to the Municipal Agriculture Office of Isabela, various fishes like Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.) and haluan (Common Snakehead) (Channa striata) died after rainfall.

Authorities are looking into sulfur contamination as the cause of the fish kill, the report said.

Ashes and pyroclastic materials from Mt. Kanloan were possibly washed through Binalbagan River.

Authorities advised residents not to eat the dead fishes as these might poison them.

They also took mud and water samples from the river to find out the real cause of the fish kill.

Source: GMA News Online