KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato – Local authorities have undertaken steps to abate the damage caused by a massive fish kill that affected about 200 metric tons of ‘tilapia’ that should have been harvested from several fish cases in at least three villages in Lake Sebu town.
Lake Sebu Mayor Floro Gandam said the fish kill has affected some 1,000 tilapia fish cages in Barangays Pobacion, Takunel at Macdulong, which was caused by the declining oxygen level of the lakewaters.
He said the fish kill affected some 200 metric tons of tilapia with an estimated value of P20 million from some 1,000 fish cages owned by about 250 operators.
Provincial Agriculturist Raul Teves said the fish kill was caused by decreasing oxygen level of the lake due to continuous rains for the past weeks in the area.
“The absence of sunlight for the past weeks had caused the decline of oxygen level of the lake waters,” Teves sad.
He said the local and provincial governments have provided emergency assistance to the affected fishermen.
He also assured that tilapia coming from Lake Sebu continued to be safe for human consumption.