Philippines: Green Sea Turtle ‘Maamo’ doing well in Zambo marine facility

14th September 2015;

The Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) named “Maamo” (Tamed) rescued 21 days ago by fishermen with severe head trauma is responding well “to treatment and is now recuperating.”

This was announced by Roservirico Tan, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional information officer, saying Maamo was now recuperating at the marine facility of the Zamboanga State Colleges of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) in Zamboanga City.

Maamo was rescued by fishermen on August 24 in the seawaters of Naga in the nearby Zamboanga Sibugay province and was turned over to Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel.

The PCG then reported Maamo’s rescue to the Naga Municipal Environment Officer, who in turn informed the DENR regional office.

Tan said Maamo was taken on August 25 to the ZSCMST’s marine facility in Zamboanga City and underwent a five-hour surgery spearheaded by neurosurgeon Gaudencio Ligutom, Dr. Anton Mari Lim, a veterinary doctor, and volunteers of the Tzu Chi Foundation, a non-government organization.

Tan said the consensus of the agency’s joint team of protected area management and biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management specialist and biologist is that Maamo was first hit by a boat propeller and subsequently received blunt force trauma to the head as “X-ray results ruled out gunshot wounds.”

He said the joint team is regularly monitoring the health of Maamo who is now at the marine facility of the ZSCMST in Zamboanga City.

Maamo weighs about 140 kilograms and measures approximately 120 by 92 centimeters and is “now marked with Tag No. PH-0170-J.”

Source: Manila Bulletin

Philippines: Green Sea Turtle ‘Maamo’ doing well in Zambo marine facility

DEAD DOLPHIN — Fishermen carry the carcass of a female Dwarf Spinner Dolphin that died onshore in Barangay Wawa II, Rosario, Cavite, last Saturday. (Ali Vicoy)

Philippines: Dolphin dies on Cavite shore; probe launched
By Anthony Giron, 12th January 2015;

A female Dwarf Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris roseiventris), with wounds in the body, died before dawn Saturday on the shore of Barangay Wawa II, this municipality.

Authorities said that the dolphin was still alive when found by a fisherman named Wendel on the shore but had died later, believed due to injuries she had on her body.

Observers believed the dolphin was harmed by someone else who may wanted to catch her while on sea. It was the first time that a dolphin had drifted and died in Rosario (also called Salinas) territory.

Mayor Jose “Nonong” Ricafrente, Jr. has called for an investigation on the death of the dolphin.

The lawyer-mayor said that those liable for wounding the dolphin could be charged for violating Republic Act 8550 (a law against individuals who do not comply to the development, management and conservation of the fisheries and aquatic resources.)

The wounded dolphin on the shore was found by Wendel as he was about to board a banca to catch fish in the sea. Wendel reported the find at once to Nestor Llanoza, Barangay Isla de Bonita (Island of Beauty) chairman.

Municipal Media Affairs Coordinator Sid Samaniego, citing a report of Llanoza, said that the dolphin had several wounds believed inflicted by a blunt, pointed instrument.

Local Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Chief Rodel Marasigan said the dolphin was about three-years old, six feet in length and one foot in width and weighs 40-45 kilograms.

What caused the wounds in the dolphin’s body is now under investigation.

Dolphins are reportedly sighted in the waters near El Fraile (Fort Drum) and Corregidor Islands in Cavite City. Rosario is the second coastal town from Cavite City after Noveleta.

The sea area is called “Daang Barko” or “Boat Way” with the numerous fishing and commercial vehicles passing by the turf day and night.

It could not be determined yet as to who indeed had wounded the dolphin that drifted to Rosario shore.

Ricafrente and other municipal officials are one in saying that dolphins, which are intelligent, friendly and playful mammals, would have to be saved and cared for.

Aside from dolphins, butandings (Whale Sharks) (Rhincodon typus), which are endangered species, and other big fish were also sighted in the waters of Rosario and some other coastal municipalities of the province.

Source: Manila Bulletin

12-TON LOSS — A female Sperm Whale lays dead on the shore of San Fernando City, La Union, last Monday. (Erwin G. Beleo)

Philippines: 12-ton whale dies on shore
By Erwin G. Beleo, 14th October 2014;

A female Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) with a length of 10 meters (or twice the length of an L-300 van) and weighing 12 tons (the same as an average tourist bus) was found dead on the shore of Barangay Lingsat, this city, on Monday.

Officials from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) tried to revive the whale as villages and representatives from the City Fisheries Office tried in vain to push the sea mammal back into the sea.

“The sea creature did not survive due to its illness, infection from parasite bites, and further examinations like necropsies will be conducted to take samples before it’s buried near the sea,” Henry Canlas, BFAR officer-in-charge of fisheries associations, said.

It took at least three rescue teams, a payloader, two heavy vehicles, and fourd hours to get the whale’s carcass off the shore.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Philippines: Toxic pollutants among causes of Cavite fish kill

By Ellalyn De Vera, 29th September 2014;

Low dissolved oxygen level and toxic pollutants have caused the fish kills in Rosario, Cavite last week, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

The BFAR Quick Response Team and the Fish Health Unit personnel of BFAR-Region IV-A were deployed in Rosario, Cavite last September 25 following a reported incident of fish mortality in Malimango River, a four-kilometer river, which starts in Barangay Bagbag 1 and ends in Barangay Ligtong 1 where it opens to Manila Bay.

The river traverses five barangays in Rosario, Cavite namely; Bagbag 1, Bagbag 2, Ligtong 1, Ligtong 3 and, Ligtong 4.

“The stretch of Malimango river is not an aquaculture-producing area and the fish affected by the mortality were wild stock species of Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.), asohos (sand whiting) (Sillago sp.), banak (mullet) (F. Mugilidae) and biya (goby),” BFAR reported.

The loss is estimated at one ton.

“Initial findings indicated that dissolved oxygen (DO) level in all three sampling points—Barangay Bagbag Uno (B), Barangay Ligtong 3 and Barangay Ligtong 4—was below 3-5 mg/L or within the critical level,” it said.

“The water quality test came back with high levels of ammonia-nitrogen, nitrite-nitrogen, and phosphates, beyond acceptable level, in all the sampling sites,” it added.

Ammonia is a chemical compound produced naturally from decomposing organic matter, including plants, animals and animal wastes.

The ammonia in the water samples, however, might have also come from agricultural, domestic and industrial wastes.

Phosphates, meanwhile, are one of the primary nutrient sources for many forms of algae and could come from sources like domestic sewage and runoff from agricultural land, urban areas and green areas.

These chemicals at alarming level have hazardous effects on fish which may result in fish mortality, BFAR added.

BFAR has recommended the necessary management measures during the fish mortality occurrence such as proper disposal of dead fish to ensure that dead fish will not reach the market and prevent the occurrence of sanitary-related diseases.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Philippines: Toxic pollutants among causes of Cavite fish kill

Philippines: After P1-M fish kill, Cavite river now dead — mayor

By Anthony Giron, 27th September 2014;

Municipal officials here tagged Maalimango River as a dead tributary as its waters were found to contain a chemical deadly for fish and other marine life.

Mayor Jose “Nonong” Ricafrente Jr. declared the vital river dead as he said that initial finding of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) revealed that the cause of the Thursday fish kill in the estuary is “lack of oxygen and a still unknown chemical.”

In an interview, Ricafrente said that the finding was based on the initial laboratory analysis report that he obtained from the BFAR at 3 p.m. Friday.

With the finding, Ricafrente ordered the immediate river restriction as well as investigation on the incident.

“It’s dead (referring to the river), the fish and other marine species will not live in the river,” Ricafrente.

Maalimango River is a more than one-kilometer tributary stretch in Barangays Bagbag I and II, Tejero I and Ligtong I, II, III, IV. Old folk said that alimangos (mud or mangrove crabs) (Scylla sp.) once thrived in the river.

The river became a talk of the town when thousands of dead fully grown and small fish such as tilapia (Oreochromis sp.), banak, asubi (both vernacular names for mullet) (F. Mugilidae) and other marine species resurfaced along the river on sunrise of Thursday (Sept. 25).

A swarm of dead fish was first sighted near the mouth of Manila Bay in Bagbag. It was the first fish kill that was reported in the town.

Bantay-Bayan and barangay men hauled off at least one ton of dead fish from the river during the day and Friday. Ricafrente reported that river fish losses may run up to more than P1 million.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Philippines: After P1-M fish kill, Cavite river now dead — mayor

Philippines: Chemical spill suspected in Cavite fish kill

By Anthony Giron, 25th September 2014;

Dead fish have floated on Thursday morning along Maalimango River, a tributary stretching seven barangays (villages) in this town. Authorities suspect a chemical spill as the cause of the vast fish kill.

Mayor Jose “Nonong” Ricafrente Jr. ordered an investigation of the river incident that was first reported along the river near the mouth of Manila Bay at sunrise on Thursday. The local chief executive also called a fish gathering restriction and immediate cleaning of the river.

Municipal Media Affairs Officer Sid Samaniego said that fisher residents were shocked to see the dead Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.), banak (Mullet) (F. Mugilidae) and other fish species floating along the tributary in Barangays Bagbag I and II alone as early as 6 a.m. on Thursday.

He cited that it was the first time that such fish kill was reported in the area.

From Barangay Bagbag near the Mount Sea Resort, the river stretches to Tejero I, Ligtong II, III and IV.

“The river turned from bluish to brownish it was observed. The fish kill was reported by residents just as the sun was rising from the horizon. The river was virtually clear at sundown Wednesday. It was the first that the fish kill happened in the area,” said Samaniego.

In an interview, Local Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Officer Rodel Marasigan said that about a ton (1,000 kilos) of dead fish had already been hauled off from the river in Bagbag area as of 10 a.m. on Thursday.

“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 Marasigan.

Marasigan said a chemical may be the fish kill “culprit” but he declined to confirm it, pending results from the laboratory examination that had been made.

The BFAR officer and Engineer Marconi Austria, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) had taken dead fish and river water samples for the examination.

Samaniego, citing sources, said that the probable chemical leak may come from one of the three foreign industrial establishments near the river. He withheld the names of the three firms for the meantime pending the examination result.

The sources said that the amount of fishes killed in the area may run up to millions of pesos.

Mayor Ricafrente assured a thorough investigation of the fish kill.

Ricafrente tasked local watchmen led by Isla de Bonito Barangay Chairman Nestor Llanoza and other concerned authorities to stand guard for residents who might get the contaminated fishes along the river.

He and the other administration officials were at the river site on Thursday morning.

Samaniego said that the thousands of dead fish hauled from the river would be buried in a lot in the area to prevent foul smell and that the affected tributary would be cleaned at once.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Philippines: Chemical spill suspected in Cavite fish kill

Philippines: Fish kill in Cavite wastes 1 ton; chemical spill eyed

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

Philippines: Fish kill in Cavite wastes 1 ton; chemical spill eyed