Fishermen of Sitio Talaib in Calmay and Sitio Tocok in Lucao denied a reported fish kill that allegedly broke out in the city during the onslaught of “habagat” as published on August 20 in a national daily.
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In an interview, these fishermen jointly said there is no truth to the news report that there was a fishkill and if indeed it happened, only one or two pieces of bangus perished due to the murky water that flowed from the upstream at that time.
"Lumaki na kami sa ilog at walang fishkill na nangyayari," according to Ronald Vinuya of Sitio Talaib, Lucao.
“Ang maaring dahilan kung bakit napopollute ang tubig sa ilog ay dahil sa mga remnants ng fertilizers mula sa bukid na inaagos ng baha papunta sa ating mga ilog, bukod pa sa kulay lupa ang ilog dahil sa ilang araw na pag-ulan,” said Rosemarie Gonzales of Calmay.
"Masakit sa aming mga nag aalaga na sasabihin nilang may fish kill kasi wala naman talaga. Kaya kami nandito ngayon para sabihin kay Mayor Belen na walang fish kill na nangyari" -said Nelia Perez of Talaib, Lucao.
Since I became the City Mayor, I immediately formed Task Force Bantay Ilog which resulted in the demolition of 508 illegal fishpens.
On the other hand, 63 fishponds allegedly covered by land titles are under validation by the City Assessor’s Office in order to check the claim of the owners as to the veracity of their ownership over these properties after most of the fishponds became underwater over the years.