Fish kill due to water contamination – DA
BY FELIPE V. CELINO
ROXAS City — Fishes in the river in Brgy. Dulangan, Pilar town died due to lack of oxygen, an official of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Capiz said.
Contamination — the river allegedly contained toxins — reduces oxygen levels in a water body, according to Audie Belargo, senior agriculturist of the DA-Capiz.
An analysis was recently conducted on the water sample taken from the river in the village where the fish kill allegedly occurred.
The test revealed the presence of toxin in the river water, causing the death of even the smallest of the fishes there, Belargo said.
These toxins allegedly came from the garbage being dumped by the Capiz Sugar Central into the river.
Dulangan Barangay Captain Robinson Benigla earlier said the molasses allegedly being dumped by the sugar central may have contaminated the river, adding that the river water already smelled of molasses.
But the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), in an earlier statement, expressed doubt that the fish kill was caused by the contamination of the river with molasses.
The low salinity of the river may have killed the fishes, Flora Mae Calmorin of the OPA earlier said.
Calmorin said the province’s Aqua Laboratory cannot examine and determine the water’s salinity as it is only intended to examine red tide.
She even earlier asked the villagers to bring the sample of the river water to the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center in Tigbauan, Iloilo to be examined.
Belargo, on the other hand, recommended an examination by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, being the most authorized agency to address the issue.
The barangay residents already brought up the problem to the village officials.
Merlinda Almorin, a resident of Sitio Cantel, in an earlier interview said most village residents already fear having no more sources of food and livelihood.
Folks from the barangay’s four sitios — Lahab, Bato-bato, Siha and Cantel — have fishing as their source of living./PN
In : CAPIZ FORUM