MANILA, Philippines - The Fishkill phenomenon that started in Taal Lake is already affecting the whole industry’s income.
In an interview with ANC, newly-appointed Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) chief Asis Perez said “nobody is buying fish anymore; even fresh fish being sold in markets…The industry is ruined. Everyone’s suffering, even [the businessmen] from Bulacan and Iloilo.”
Fears that double-dead fishes are still being sold in public markets have turned away buyers. Some are also shying away from even buying salt water fish, he said.
He said the industry in Taal only produces 5% of the “total bangus production,” but other provinces are already feeling the crunch.
Perez assured the public that both the national and local governments are doing their best to monitor the situation, especially in Batangas.
“It’s good na dumating na ito. It gives us sense on what to do in the next 5 years,” Asis said.