MANILA, Philippines – Authorities have launched an investigation on the alleged dumping of an estimated 20 tons of decaying tuna in the shores of Maasim, Sarangani.
Initial investigations by the local government showed that overfishing caused the fishkill.
“Mananagot ang may-ari o management ng pumpboat,” said Jumbra Tama barangay chairman of Kanalo.
Residents of Barangay Kanalo in Maasim woke up to the foul smell of dead fish on Monday.
The livelihood of fishermen in the region was also affected because there is a possibility that the water has already been contaminated by the decaying fish.
“Marine pollution ‘yan. Kapag na-identify ‘yung tao, maka-cancel ang lisensya niya,” said Bong Tuballes, head of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Sarangani.
A fishing boat was reportedly seen dumping the tons of fish on Sunday.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources also said companies involved in overfishing will be held responsible.
The area is known as the “tuna capital of the Philippines.” -- Report from Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN