Officials of the Marine and Fisheries Office of Mukomuko Regency, Bengkulu Province said at least 7,000 fish in a floating net cage belonging to farmers at the estuary of Bandar Ratu urban village, Kota Mukomuko sub-district has died suddenly since last week.
“Fishery net cage net that died suddenly in general tilapia fish ready for harvest,” said Head of Fisheries and Fisheries Fisheries Department (DKP) Mukomuko Azbas Regency, in Mukomuko, Tuesday (24/10/2017), quoted by Antara .
He mentioned, as many as 7,000 tilapia fish or about 700 kilograms of farmer cage fish was found dead suddenly gradually since last Tuesday until now. As a result of this incident, farmers keramba floating net in the region suffered losses reaching tens of millions of rupiah.
“Thousands of tilapia that died suddenly was ready to harvest with the calculation of 10 fish per kilogram with the price of Rp25.000 per kg,” he said.
He said, based on temporary observations, the cause of thousands of tilapia died suddenly suspected due to disease “Tilavia Lake Virus” or Tilvia.
He suspected that the fish was attacked by the disease based on the characteristics of the body of black fish, the erosion of the thread, the swelling of the abdominal cavity, eyes swelling and cataracts. In addition, he said, before the sudden death , thousands of fish are seen swimming in a zig-zag.
To find out more why thousands of fish keramba died suddenly, he said, his institution will coordinate with Bengkulu Province Fisheries Quarantine Agency.
Courtesy of regional.liputan6.com