Duterte tells gov’t agencies to mitigate impact of Taal Lake fish kill

Pia Ranada
Duterte tells gov’t agencies to mitigate impact of Taal Lake fish kill

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President Rodrigo Duterte wants close monitoring of water quality in Taal Lake and of fish prices and freshness in the market

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte expressed concern over the fish kill in Taal Lake, ordering government agencies to lessen its impact on the economy and people.

“The President has directed the appropriate government offices to closely monitor the situation, particularly the water quality in Taal Lake,” said Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo on Monday, June 3.

“He ordered increased vigilance over the prices and supplies, as well as the freshness of fish sold in the market,” Panelo continued.

Some P42.9-million worth of tilapia, or 605 tons, were found dead in Taal Lake where a fishcage industry is a major source of income for surrounding communities.

Malacañang said that according to fisheries experts, the fish kill was caused by a sulfur upswelling triggered by the strong Amihan or northeasternly wind that accompanies an extreme drop in temperature.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resource (DENR) had earlier given assurances that the fish kill is not expected to affect supply and prices as this comprises a small percentage.

While the public is advised to continue to check their fish purchases for freshness, there is no cause for alarm in the market. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.