By Leonardo Micua, 7th October 2017;
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has denied the occurrence of a fish kill in Sual Bay here early this week, saying it was the result of overstocking of Milkfish (Chanos chanos) fingerlings by operators.
BFAR Region 1 (Ilocos) Director Nestor Domenden said Friday two operators overstocked their cages, each one measuring 85 square meters, with 85,000 fingerlings, although it can only accommodate 45,000.
There are estimated 750 fish cages in the Sual Bay area, Domenden said.
Up to 30 metric tons of fish reportedly died from this episode, which was the result of the thinning of dissolved oxygen needed by the fish in the water, the BFAR official said.
Fish kill is commonly caused by pollution or by other contaminants.
Domenden said when an operator overstocks his cage twice the allowable number, some of the fish would naturally die as they compete for the only available dissolved oxygen in the water.
It was fortunate that the affected operators were able to harvest half of their fish before the incident, he said.
Domenden called on the local government of Sual, Pangasinan to strictly monitor the operations of fish cages to avoid a repeat of overstocking of fingerlings.
He noted that Sual had a standing municipal ordinance recommending the proper stocking of fish cages, yet it was disregarded by the two affected operators.
According to a report, the fish cages of Sual, located in a mariculture area designated by BFAR, are owned by local and foreign corporations.
All of these have a combined production of some 300,000 metric tons of fish yearly, being sold in North and Central Luzon and Manila.
Sual Mayor Roberto Arcinue has confirmed the findings of BFAR that no fish kill happened in his town.
A dead Green Sea Turtle
Photo: Allan Macatuno/Inquirer Central Luzon
Philippines: Sea turtle found dead in Pangasinan’s Hundred Islands
By Yolanda Sotelo, 9th February 2017;
A Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), with a piece of nylon net and a hook in its mouth, was found dead at the Hundred Islands National Park on Wednesday (Feb. 8).
The Turtle was discovered near the cages of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Broodstock Development Center at 4 p.m., said the agency’s employee Mae Ann Maningning.
BFAR Veterinarian Samantha Licuden said the hook in its mouth might have killed the sea creature. She said the Turtle could have been dead for two to three days before its discovery.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer
The Melon-headed Whale, shown here being treated at a Bureau of Aquatic and Fisheries Resources office facility in Alaminos City, Pangasinan province, died on Thursday.
Philippines: Whale won’t leave coast, dies while being treated
By Yolanda Sotelo, 7th October 2016;
A female Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra) caught two weeks ago in Dasol, Pangasinan province, died on Thursday while undergoing treatment at a facility of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
Fishermen found the 2-meter long Whale beached along Dasol Bay on Sept. 23 and brought it back to the sea. But it was sighted again in the afternoon on the same day so village officials decided to bring it to the BFAR facility in Alaminos City.
Samantha Licudine, a BFAR veterinarian, said the Whale had many scratches in the body and had a deep cut near its snout.
“Maybe it was trying to escape from something so there was a laceration,” she said.
The Whale was given intensive medication and was under observation when it died.
“The Whale already had a good appetite and was interacting with BFAR employees, so we had high hopes it would survive,” Licudine said.
Hours after the Whale died, a Rough-toothed Dolphin (Steno bredanensis) was found beached at the coastlines of Sto. Domingo town in Ilocos Sur province. Fishermen carried it toward the delta that leads into the sea.
The Dolphin was very weak but did not bear any visible injuries, said Randy Reburon, fishery coordinator of Sto. Domingo.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer
The Dolphin that stranded at Santo Domingo was actually a Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris).
Photo: Dr. Samantha Licudine
The rescued Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra) that stranded in Dasol, Pangasinan last Friday is doing better. She is now eating and is swimming around the rehab pool. Her buoyancy, however, is still not back to normal. PMMSN 1 headed by the team from BFAR region 1 is providing this animal the necessary medications and round-the-clock care.
Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra) stranding in Pangasinan.
ByJaime G. Aquino, 26th August 2016;
Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez admitted the existence of illegal fish pens in some villages but belied the claim of some fishpen operators that fish kills are rampant in the area.
Fernandez clarified that the number has been reduced to less than 100 after she ordered the demolition of 508 illegal fish pens covering an estimated 7.8 hectares from July 2013 up to the present.
City Agriculturist Emma Molina told The Manila Times that illegal fish pens had been rampant in Dagupan before Fernandez’ term and caused pollution.
Molina said the removal of the fish pens has prevented at least 1.5 million bags of feeds and residuals from polluting the city’s rivers.
She added that Dagupan City has not experienced Milkfish (bangus) (Chanos chanos) kills since 2014.
The city, however, had dealt with lapu-lapu (Grouper) (SubF. Epinephelinae) and malaga (Rabbitfish) (Siganus sp.) fish kills because of silted water during rainy season.
City Agriculture Office records showed the last known bangus fishkill in Dagupan City happened in 2006.
The city government has enlisted experts for clear rivers of pollutants.
Fernandez and Molina said illegal fishpen operations exist in the rivers spanning the villages of Pugaro, Carael, Calmay, Bonuan and Lucao.
Fernandez said she recently met with fish pen owners, who assured her that they will dismantle their structures after harvesting the fishes.
She added that she told them that she will order the dismantling of the fish pens if they fail to deliver on their promise.
A group of fishpond owners and fisherfolk have decried operations of illegal fish pen and fish cages that cause river pollution and siltation resulting in “massive” fish kills.
Alfredo Dawana, chairman of the Fishpond Owners Operators and Fisherfolk Association of Dagupan City Inc. said that as of August 20 this year, lapu-lapu and malaga fishes cultured in their fishponds estimated at more than P30 million were lost to polluted water.
Meanwhile, Molina dismissed as absurd the claim of some fishpond operators that up to P30-million worth of fish died because of polluted rivers.
She said if this were true, it would have been akin to a biblical event where dead fishes are seen floating all over.
Source: The Manila Times
25th August 2016;
Fishermen of Dagupan belied a reported fish kill that allegedly broke out in the city during the onslaught of “habagat” as published on Aug. 20 in a national daily.
In an interview, fishermen Roland Vinoya and Rosemarie Gonzales, both from Talaib, Calmay; and Ricardo Jose and Nelia Perez, both from Sitio Tocok, Lucao–all fish producing areas of Dagupan– said there was no truth to the news report that there was a fishkill and if indeed it happened, only one or two pieces of Milkfish (Chanos chanos) perished due to the murky water that flowed from the upstream at that time.
In fact, the City Agriculture Office (CAO) said that the city did not register any fishkill since 2008 because of the continuous efforts of the city government under Mayor Belen Fernandez to clean the river of illegal fish pens and other obstructions.
Fernandez created the Task Force Bantay Ilog, an arm of the CAO, in protecting the city’s aquatic resources from illegal fishpens and blast fishing operations.
Since 2013, at least 508 illegal fishpens covering an estimated area of 7.8 hectares had already been demolished by the task force, COA said.
On the other hand, 63 fishponds allegedly covered by land titles are under verification by the City Assessor’s Office to check the claim of the owners over these properties which were eroded into the rivers over the years.
CAO said the number of fishponds dismantled prevented an estimated 1.5 million bags of fish feeds from being downloaded into the water.
“If more than Php30 million worth of lapu-lapu (Grouper) (SubF. Epinephelinae) and malaga (Rabbitfish) (Siganus sp.) perished in the fishponds due to the polluted water as was reported, then why were there no reports on bangus (Milkfish) fishkill. This is very unlikely,” said City Agriculture Officer Emma Molina.
Fernandez said that aside from enforcing a “no fish pen policy”, the city would soon implement plastic, debris and fishnet recovery program to free the rivers from pollution and unwanted materials and help fishermen improve their catch.