Thousands of dead #fish wash up ‘due to #pollution’ in #Manila, #Philippines

Fish Kill Alert

Polluted water has been blamed for the massive fish kill that lined the shores of the cities of Las Pinas and Paranaque in Southern Metro Manila in recent days.

According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), tests conducted on water samples collected from the two cities showed low amounts of dissolved oxygen and other imbalances.

“The water quality test conducted in three sampling areas by BFAR’s National Fisheries Laboratory Division and BFAR 4A [Region 4A or the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon corridor] shows poor levels of dissolved oxygen and higher levels of ammonia and phosphates than the standard level,” BFAR said in a statement.

On October 9, residents were surprised to find thousands of dead fish washed up on the shores of Las Pinas’ Long Island, and Paranaque’s Freedom Island, which are marine protected areas.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar ordered BFAR on the following day to assess the water quality in the area. Authorities were also able to collect about two tonnes of dead fish from the shores of the two cities.

Reports said that among the fish species found washed up on the shores were asuhos (silago), kanduli (marine catfish), butete (blowfish), sapsap (ponyfish), tilapia and barracuda.

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