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Greed, not climate, caused fishkill in Taal Lake and Pangasinan -Sen. Kiko Pangilinan
Published on: Jun 9, 2011 - 7:40am

( “Greed,” is how Senate Committee on Agriculture chair Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan described the cause of the fishkill in Taal Lake and Pangasinan, reports ABS-CBN News. Pangilinan told reporters that the fishkill was man-made, caused by overstocking fingerlings in fish cages.

“[As pointed out by an official of the Department of Agriculture], you overstock precisely because you want to harvest more at the expense of the fishes…Now, P200 million is lost. What was gold in the beginning has turned into stone,” said the senator in a separate interview with ANC. He was referring to the estimated P190 million worth of fishkill losses.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Department of Environmental and Natural Resources initially pointed the blame at climate change, however, Dr. Gil Jacinto of the UP Marine Science Institute said, “We did not have, over the last few weeks, any significant amount of rain that would have layered on top of Taal waters to be heavy enough to go down.” Instead, he explains that Taal Lake “had been over the carrying capacity.”

There were 12,000 fish cages in the lake, twice its capacity, reports ABS-CBN News. Moreover, the feeds not consumed by the fish sink to the lake’s bottom and become phytoplanktons. Once they grow unabated, they compete with the production of oxygen in the water, straining oxygen levels as the fish multiply.

The Senate suggested dismanting the 1,300 illegal fish cages in the area. They also instructed the BFAR to closely monitor water quality and fish culture practice.


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  • aquaculturista
    True Dat,surg702! ang ipinagtataka ko lang bakit ang baba ng collective IQs ng mga kababayan natin? Disaster is looking at them straight in the eyes pero hindi nila nakikita, puro empty sloganeering at isa-diyos na lang daw...Our resources are not infinite, hindi ba nila na re-realize iyan. Walang Himalang mangyayari, kung hindi kikilos ang mga liders natin at tigilan na ang pag be breed ng mga tao na walang patumanga. We have to grab the bull by the horns at hindi kaya ng CBCP iyan....
    Jun 21 2011 @ 03:13pm     Reply  
  • surg702
    Add'l comments......Our food supply, natural resources, water and power grid, educational system, health problems etc. are totally overwhelmed by overpopulation. State decision must address the population problem, not religious fanatism.
    Jun 10 2011 @ 04:05am     Reply  
  • surg702
    @ aquakulturistarnrnSpot on analogy. Our country's environment with the mountains of trash generated by 101 million people every day is threatening our very survival as a people if our leaders and our people simply want to be mediocre and choose not to take the high road. Our food supply, natural resources, water and power grid, educational system, health problems etc.rnrnI'm reminded of the Tianamen Square revolution in China in 1989 when the protest movement took to the streets to challenge Communist Party Chairman Deng Shao Peng to introduce western type democracy and rncapitalism in China in response to the growing poverty during that time. China's economy was in total disarray and the Chinese leadership had to act swiftly. The leadership had to accept the failure of the system and introduced a sweeping reform that made China what they are today, the 2nd largest economy in the world toppling Japan and Germany's economy in just 21 years. Although China is still under a police state, rnpeople have prospered and are now allowed to rnbuy and own a house, cars and every thing western society enjoy. That most important desicion Chairman Deng took have changed China forever. If our leaders would set aside corruption and think about the possibility of what this country could be, then a sweeping action like China must be implemented.
    Jun 10 2011 @ 03:51am     Reply  
  • separation
    @ paniniwala, hindi lahat ng tao ay naniniwala sa Diyos. And they happened to be Filipinos too like you and me. They have the same rights like you and me. That is why the separation of Church and State is clear before and now.
    Jun 10 2011 @ 01:58am     Reply  
  • paniniwala sa diyos
    It cannot be avoided that RH Bill is against morality. If we consider ourselves Christ follower, it is a no brainer explanation, however, if we let our earthly desires to prevail, that's where a lot of arguments will flow to justify thier WANTS.
    Jun 10 2011 @ 12:48am     Reply  
  • la sallista
    I agree with aquakulturista. The analogy between that fishkill and the possible mankill is to the point.
    Jun 10 2011 @ 12:31am     Reply  
  • glad to be pinoy
    @aqua,rnrnI agree with you. Maybe it is already time for us to stop hatred among ourselves. You also presented a good argument regarding intention. Bitter people seldom provide good intentions. Come to think of it, how can you hate and care at the same time? Perhaps this is also the reason why bitter people always fail to present solutions. Their vision is blinded by bitternes. Ergo, failure is expected from bitter people.rnrnWe are learning from you.rnrnRegards,
    Jun 09 2011 @ 03:55pm     Reply  
  • @aquakulturista
    I don't understand why do you need to act barbaric, spread hatred and declare war. Which is very uncivilized and unnecessary. Mahiya ka sa magulang mo, o baka walan silang naiturong mabuting asal sayo. AND, I strongly doubt your intention for the masa, gasgas na yan para sa akin. maka ilang beses ko ng naririnig yan sa mga politiko.
    Jun 09 2011 @ 02:29pm     Reply  
  • pro-rh bill
    Realize that this is WAR! no quarters asked nor Given,naiintindihan mo? or do i have to spell it out for you? War for the hearts & minds of the Masang tanga!
    Jun 09 2011 @ 02:07pm     Reply  
  • @aquakulturista
    @pro-rhbill, nagmarunong ka naman agad, Pro RH Bill din ako, hindi mo lang alam dahil nanghusga ka lang basta. ang punto ko ay hindi natin kelangan magalit sa mga ANTI RH BIll at gawing personal ang laban sa isyun na ito, dahil hindi ito makakatulong at lalo lang nitong pinahihirap at pinatatagal na makahanap ng solusyon. Kung may problema kayo sa mundo huwag ninyong abusuhin ang pribilehiyong bigay ng internet. Think rationally, Act accordingly.
    Jun 09 2011 @ 02:01pm     Reply  
  • pro-rhbill
    Uy mi nakanti na Anti_rh Bill dito ,hehehehe, tama si Akwakulturista,sagutin mo tanong,hehehehe...
    Jun 09 2011 @ 01:46pm     Reply  
  • @aquakulturista
    kung may tinatanim kang galit at poot huwag mo sa inetrnet ilabas! kung makakapagsalita lang ang internet, magrereklamo na to sa mga taong katulad mo na sa internet naglalabas ng galit sa mundo. tingin mo ba solusyon yang ginagawa mo sa isyu ng RH Bill? Hinde! lalo ka lang nakakagulo. huwag kang papadala sa galit mo, muka kang kawawang kulang sa atensyon. subukan mong magkape at makrelax, mahimasmasan ka man lang.
    Jun 09 2011 @ 01:39pm     Reply  
  • aquakulturista
    Matagal ng isyu ito bakit ngayon lang pinaguusapan? Noong boom ang Shrimp Industry sa Negros Island noong 80s, di ba greed din ang isyu? sobra din ang stocking density nila hanggang kung ano-anong sakit ang dumapo sa Shrimp, at hanggang ngayon dina naka recover ang Industriya ?Ang AKWAKULTURA kasi pang mayaman na business venture iyan di pwede ang ordinaryong masa diyan,kaso masyadong SAKIM ang big businesses natin kaya iyan ang napapala. Which segeues to another point.rnO mga kababayan , nakita na ninyo ang epekto ng sobrang density at pagsuway sa limits ng CARRYING CAPACITY, sa isda pa lang iyan. Ngayon sa mga tao naman, ano ba ang CARRYING CAPACITY TALAGA NG PILIPINAS? kaya a natin ang 101 million na PILIPINOS, bago MAGKAROON NAMAN NG TINATAWAG NA MANKILL? o CBCP, speak up!
    Jun 09 2011 @ 01:23pm     Reply  
  • ivan karamazov
    "Climate Change" is a religion.
    Jun 09 2011 @ 11:53am     Reply  
  • save our seas
    Greed and corruption. Why was it allowed in the first place. Again, nobod is watching - for a price!
    Jun 09 2011 @ 11:46am     Reply  
  • boom!
    The Chinese businessmen should be the one killed instead of the fishes!! all they do is abuse and use our natural resources and some poor Filipinos for their own good. Chinese people must be the ones eradicated and not the Jews.
    Jun 09 2011 @ 09:54am     Reply  
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