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Taal’s Ongoing Eruption Threatens ‘Fish Kill’ to Around 6,000 Fish Cages, BFAR Says

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said that Taal’s ongoing eruption threatens ‘fish kill’ to around 6,000 fish cages in Taal Lake.

BFAR reported that the high sulfur content in Taal lake could cause a massive fish kill to about 6,000 fish cages. The estimated production loss from the fish cages could reach 15,033 metric tons.

The agency said that the upwelling sulfur could affect tilapia and Sardinella tawilis in Taal Lake. Sardinella tawilis is considered as an endangered fish species that can only be found in the Philippines.

‘Fish Kill’

The Department of Agriculture-Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) reported an initial loss of P74.55 million due to Taal’s eruption. The eruption affects 752 hectares of farms and 102 animal heads. Coffee lost almost P73.96 million.

Luckily, the National Food Authority assured the public that the supply of rice is still enough in the affected areas despite the eruption. Rice stocks are stored safely in well-maintained warehouses away from ashfall, according to NFA Administrator Judy Dansal.

BFAR, Regional Agribusiness, Marketing Assistance Divisions, DA-Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service would also intensify the price monitoring of food supplies.

‘Fish Kill’

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