300 metric tons of fish were killed in Taal Lake

About 300 tons of bangus were lost to fish kill that hit Taal Lake in Batangas, which started on July 13.

According to Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Calabarzon Regional Director Sammy Malvas, the cages of Sampaloc and Talisay were affected by the fish kill and the estimated damage costs around P33.6 million.

Malvas added that whenever there is a sudden change in water temperature, it is often because the level of dissolved oxygen decreases.

He also clarified that the sudden weaher changes has caused the fish kill, while the Taal Volcano eruption remains unrelated to this problem.

With this incident, the agency is keeping an eye on Taal Lake’s water quality, but it could not tell when the situation would return to normal.

Meanwhile, BFAR urged fish cage operators to harvest those that are ready for consumption.

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