Around 2,800 kilos of tilapia were destroyed as another fish kill hit anew portions of the critical lakes Sebu and Seloton in Lake Sebu town in South Cotabato.
Rudy Muyco, Lake Sebu town’s lake warden, said Friday the fish kill was first monitored in several fish cages at the two lakes following the onset of rains last May 14 and continued for several days.
He said it mainly affected at least 12 fish cage owners or operators, mostly based in Lake Seloton.
Citing their monitoring, he said the latest fish kill destroyed some 2,300 kilos in Lake Seloton and 500 kilos in Lake Sebu.
“There were no new fish kills reported so far but we’re closely monitoring the situation there,” he said in a radio interview.
Muyco said the fish kill, which is the third this year, was caused anew by “kamahong,” a phenomenon that is mainly caused by the sudden rise in the water’s temperature.
He said it happened after the successive heavy rains for several days last week in their area.
“Kamahong,” which usually occurs during the rainy season, triggers the rise of sulfuric acid in the lake’s waters that eventually caused the massive fish kill.
Last month, nearly 8,000 kilos of tilapia were destroyed after another occurrence of “kamahong” in lakes Sebu and Seloton. The municipal government reported the first fish kill in January.
Courtesy of mb.com.ph