Fish kill hits Mindanao’s Lake Sebu
KIDAPAWAN CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 31, 2012) – Some 49 tons of fresh water fish were found dead in South Cotabato’s Lake Sebu and Philippine fishery authorities blamed pollution and overcrowded cages and pens as the cause of the kill.
Authorities said most of the fishes in LakeSebu
were tilapia, a favorite among many Filipinos, and a staple to many in Mindanao
region because of their cheap prices.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Department of Agriculture warned the public not to buy the dead fishes or eat them because they are not fit anymore for human consumption.
The low oxygen level of the water in Lake Sebu
and the hot climate are also a factor in the fish kill, authorities said.
Fish pen owners estimated as much as P4 million worth of tilapia were affected by the kill. (Mindanao Examiner)
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