BATANGAS, Philippines – Another 200 tons of fish have died in Talisay, Batangas Tuesday night after a sharp decrease in oxygen levels in Taal Lake, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said.
A BFAR study showed that the oxygen level in Taal was depleted in half due to the transition to rainy season.
BFAR said it may take several more days before conditions at the lake normalize.
BFAR is now advising the harvesting of the remaining milkfish in Taal Lake.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Health Office is studying if the illnesses acquired by residents in the area are caused by the foul smell emitted by the dead fish or merely due to the change in weather.
The Department of Health (DOH) earlier warned the public against eating "double dead" fish.
Some people in Batangas province are reportedly eating double-dead fish instead of disposing them.
DOH said people who eat such fish, even if cooked, will cause illnesses or even death.
The department said symptoms of illnesses related to eating double-dead fish include vomiting, dizziness, and parts of the body becoming swollen. -- Report from Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN Batangas