Fish kill hits Tawiran Lake in Obando, Bulacan

Published May 17, 2022, 1:40 PM

by Freddie Velez

Several fish pens in Tawiran Lake in Obando, Bulacan were hit by a fish kill believed to have been triggered by extreme heat and heavy downpour.

The fish kill affected 30 fishermen in Barangay Tawiran, Obando, yielding bancas full of dead fishes.

Mark Joshua Cubacub, a fisherman in Barangay Tawiran, said the hot weather, coupled with heavy rains reduced the oxygen in the water which caused the fish to die in the lake. He said the livelihoods of more than 30 fishermen were affected.

“Nakakapanghinayang, kung buhay ang mga isda, naibebenta namin ito ng mula P1,500 hanggang P2,000 bawa’t banyera sa palengke, nguni’t dahil mga patay na ay nasa P150 na lamang isang sako, bibilhin ng mga breeders at ipakakain sa kanilang mga alagang hito,” (It’s such a waste. If the fishes did not die, we could have sold them for P1,5000 to P2,000 per tub. But because they already died, we could only sell them for P150 per sack. The breeders buy them from us to feed their catfish),” Cubacub said.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) conducted site visits and water analysis on the affected ponds in Obando town as well as validating if there are other villages affected by the fish kill.