Fish farmers force harvest their bangus

May 25, 2016 at 8:52 am Leave a comment

DAGUPAN CITY – Aquaculture operators in Anda town are forcedly  harvesting their bangus after heavy rains upturned the seawater and changed water temperature, causing the cultured fish to gasp for air.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ilocos Regional Director Nestor Domenden said the “gataw (gasping for air)” occured in barangays Carot and Siapar in the island town.
“It is actually the fourth day of gataw because of neaptide and cloudy skies, a situation when dissolved oxygen level goes down as the aquatic plants cannot produce oxygen at normal rate. The situation was aggravated when it rained hard on Thursday night and the  water upturned, with the cool water below mixing with the warmer water above, resulting in lesser dissolved oxygen,” he explained.
The BFAR has no report yet on the extent of the forced harvest.
“But this is not a fishkill. The bangus that are harvested are still alive, but they are harvested before the the situation in the production areas worsens and there could be massive fish mortality,” Domenden said.

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