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DENR: Batangas fish kill caused by drowning, Taal Lake safe

By on May 30, 2011 in Animals, Asia Comments

Batangas, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that the so-called Batangas fish kill on Saturday, May 28 was caused by drowning and that Taal Lake is safe.

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As reported at local news sites on Sunday, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje revealed that lack of oxygen was the reason why more than 500 metric tons of fish have floated dead last Saturday.

Secretary Paje noted that the abrupt drop of temperature caused the lack of oxygen and eventually killed tons of milkfish (bangus) and tilapia in Taal Lake, in Talisay, Batangas.

On the other hand, Talisay Municipal Agriculturist Zenaida Macatangay was quoted as saying that the fish kill in Batangas could have been due to the quakes from the Taal Volcano.

However, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) clarified to reports that the recent activity of Taal Volcano is not related to the fish kill, which was said to have cost about P33 million.

Meanwhile, Talisay Mayor Zenaida Mendoza told ABS-CBN News that the remaining fishes in Taal Lake are safe to eat since the fish kill was not due to poison.

Nevertheless, the dead fish were reportedly buried for health and sanitary reasons, as Batangas Governor Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto sent a backhoe to help the proper disposal.

Apparently, the fish kill was said to have started since last Thursday in different places in Batangas including Agoncillo, Laurel, San Nicolas and Talisay, among others.

In line with this, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is currently conducting a thorough investigation regarding this matter. and will later conclude whether Taal Lake is really safe or not.

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