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BFAR XI: No fish mortalities caused by El Niño in Davao Region

By Christnel Angel Olo and Ellyza Salvador/UM Interns 


DESPITE THE threats of El Niño to the agriculture and fishery sectors, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region XI reported zero fish kill and red tide cases in Davao Region.

 During the AgriBiz Media Forum on April 23, Sharon M. Baidiango, BFAR XI Fisheries Production and Support Services Division OIC, said the recorded fish kills are unrelated to El Niño.

Baidiango explained that the management challenges of fishery operators are mostly the culprit of fish mortalities in the region. 

 “Wala siya na attribute sa El Niño kay sa practices to siya sa operators,” she said.

Ang pinakaproblema ato [fish mortalities] is taas ang iyahang ginatawag nato nga stocking density. Daghan ang isda na ibutang nila ba… gina-maximize kaayo nila ang space sa cage and then ang water quality naapektohan, mao to sya nga nagkaroon ug fish mortalities,” she added.

Officials gathered samples at Balete Bay and Pujada Bay in Mati City, Tagabuli Bay in Davao del Sur and Malalag Bay in Davao Occidental to check the fish and shellfish for red tide-related toxicity. Their studies found that these marine life species are safe for human consumption.

Fish Kill occurs when a large number of fish or other aquatic species suddenly and unexpectedly die within a short period of time. Meanwhile, red tide refers to the discoloration of seawater due to the large numbers of dinoflagellates, which produce a toxin.

The BFAR XI already implemented measures against the extreme dryness, including providing technical assistance and fingerlings to fisherfolks. Moreover, the agency will also strengthen the operation of the Fish Health Laboratory of the DA-BFAR XI and the algal bloom monitoring. They will also conduct soil testing on the BFAR Technology Outreach Stations and Multi-Species Hatchery to ensure sufficient water supply.


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