Officials on guard vs fish kill in Dagupan
Fishpond and cage owners in Dagupan City are on their toes in case of a possible fish kill as the temperature in northern Luzon soars past 40 degrees Celsius.
The Philippine News Agency reported that local agriculture authorities cautioned the fishpond and cage owners to protect their fish from the hot weather.
Pangasinan produces milkfish and high-value fish like siganid (malaga) and grouper (lapu-lapu). Temperature in Dagupan City has stayed at 40-plus degrees, even reaching 44 degrees.
Maximo Solis, operations officer of the city’s Task Force Bantay Ilog, was quoted as saying that members of the Task Force Bantay Ilog are monitoring the rivers in order to warn fish farmers in case of an impending fish kill.
Solis said some fish farmers overstocked their ponds and cages, which does not allow enough room for the fish to breathe.
He added that the salinity in rivers and ponds rise with the temperature, which puts stress on the fish until they die.