The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Negros Occidental yesterday assured that milkfish in the province is safe and not affected by the massive fishkill that hit two towns in Pangasinan on May 29.
BFAR Chief Carlito Delfin said they have designated quarantine officers in the seaports in Banago, Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation, and Escalante City to closely monitor the entry of fishes in the province.
“Milk fish sold in three satellite markets of Bacolod come from our local fish producers and are 100 percent safe,” Delfin said.
Because of the fishkill, some consumers have opted not to buy milk fish for safety reasons, he added.
Ernie Pineda, Bacolod City Market Coordinating and Monitoring Task Force head and Executive Assistant to the Mayor, yesterday confirmed that sales of milkfish in the markets decreased due to the fishkill.
However, the prices of other fishes, spices, and other basic commodities remain the same, Pineda said.
Meanwhile, the towns of Laurel, Agoncillo, Talisay, San Nicolas, Cuenca, Sta. Teresita, and Alitagtag near Taal Lake were also placed under calamity state.
Bangus producers and wholesalers of Dagupan, Mangaldan and Binmaley were reportedly affected even if there is no fishkill in these areas while losses in Batangas have reached P76.586 million pesos.
Reports also said that the fishkill was caused by the sudden changes of weather conditions, worsening quality of the water, and low level of oxygen.*LTG