WATCH: Fishermen risk lives for catch around restive Taal Volcano

JC Gotinga

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WATCH: Fishermen risk lives for catch around restive Taal Volcano
Staring danger in the face, these fathers and sons continue working for their families' survival

BATANGAS, Philippines – Towns around Taal Lake are on lockdown because the volcano could blow at any moment, and yet local fishermen risk going down to the shore and taking their boats out for their daily catch.

A bonus for them are the shoals of tilapia that were released from fish cages by their owners, out of fear of fish kill due to the erupting volcano.

The fish could be toxic from sulfur-laced lakewater, and an explosive volcanic eruption remains imminent, but for these fathers and sons of modest families, the catch is worth the trouble.

There never were many options for the poor families dependent on Taal Lake for their livelihood. Now that the volcano threatens to obliterate their way of life, their future seems even more uncertain. –

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JC Gotinga

JC Gotinga often reports about the West Philippine Sea, the communist insurgency, and terrorism as he covers national defense and security for Rappler. He enjoys telling stories about his hometown, Pasig City. JC has worked with Al Jazeera, CNN Philippines, News5, and CBN Asia.