Despite the recent fish kill in parts of Pangasinan, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources assured there will be an adequate supply of bangus in Region 1.
BFAR Regional Director Nestor Domenden said the damages caused by the recent fish kill amounted to only 0.7 percent of the entire production of the region in a year.
A fish kill affected parts of Anda and Bolinao towns in Pangasinan, resulting in the loss of 964 tons of milkfish.
“While it’s true that 964 tons of losses are not a joke, it is only 20 percent of production of the 123 structures in said areas,” he added (http://northboundasia.com/2018/06/07/bfar-1-assures-enough-supply-of-bangus-amid-fish-kill/).
Domenden said the Ilocos region is more than self-sufficient in bangus production, and can continue exporting to other places, including in Metro Manila.
Meanwhile, the BFAR plans to speak with Mayors Aldrin Cerdan (Anda) and Mayor Arnold Celeste (Bolinao) this coming week regarding the fishpen moratorium.
“The BFAR has no police powers, so the local government unit has to take the reins in the enforcement,” said Domenden.
The moratorium includes a plan or relocation or spotting for an alternative mariculture area, ideally within the Lingayen Gulf.
BFAR also suggested the use of rope frame cases to modify the fish cages.
“A more permanent solution would be removing the structures blocking the flow of water, so that waste materials would not settle underneath,” Domenden said.