MANILA, May 30 – The Laguna Lake Development Authority and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources joined forces Wednesday to address problems that would affect the livelihood and fish supply in the region.
This follows the continued rise in fish mortality and increase in catch of knife fishes in the country’s largest lake.
LLDA General Manager Neric Acosta and BFAR Director Asis Perez met with local officials of Calamba and fisherfolk representatives to discuss areas of cooperation and complementation.
Perez said initially, BFAR deployed on the same day three units of patrol boats to be manned by members of its Fish Health and Quick Response Team.
They will assist a multi-agency team to be created and will respond to fish kill situations, undertake water quality monitoring and provide early warnings to prevent untoward incidences.
During the dialogue, local fishermen said fish mortality usually occurs during the end of summer.
But the situation is worsened by the appearance of many knife fishes in the lake.
Catch estimates of this carnivorous species by local fishermen indicate that knife fish can reach up to 30 percent of their total harvest with individual fish weighing as much as 10 to 20 kilos.
The increase in the population of knife fish in the lake appears to reduce the catch of local fish species such as tilapia, bangus, carp, ayungin, shrimps and the like which are gobbled up by the knife fishes. (PNA)