Fishkill affecting other species in Taal Lake

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 02 2011 03:33 PM | Updated as of Jun 03 2011 03:20 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Other marine species are now being affected by the fishkill in Taal Lake, which earlier killed over 500 metric tons of bangus and tilapia. Authorities said the fishkill could last for 2 more months.

According to Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Calabarzon officer-in-charge Regional Director Esmeralda Manalang, dead shrimps, crabs, biya and other seafood were also found floating in Taal Lake. However, Manalang said the number of the affected species is not overwhelming.

Authorities said that the fishkill will continue in the coming days since the salt oxygen level in the lake has not reached the normal level yet.

Based on BFAR’s last monitoring, the salt oxygen level measured at 3.71 parts per million (PPM). The normal level is 6 PPM.

Manalang added that once the salt oxygen level reaches its normal level, BFAR will be distributing 2 million fingerlings to those affected by the fishkill.