Fishponds in Tugbok, Davao 'drying up'

Subscribe Now March 30, 2016 at 08:09am

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Davao Region has yet to validate reports of low water level in fishponds in Tugbok District in Davao City.

Raul Millana, officer-in-charge of the Fish Production Division under Bfar-Davao, issued the statement after operators complained their fishponds are likely to dry up.

Millana said some fish cultivators in Balingain in Tugbok noted a lower water level in fishponds due to the onslaught of the prolonged dry spell.

"There is a possibility this report is true, but I have to wait. We are coordinating with the local government unit on the matter. So far, walay report na naa pay other areas na affected sa El Niño," Millana said.

On the other hand, the towns of Hagonoy and Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur, have already been declared in state of calamity as El Niño continues to threaten its fisheries sector.

"We are also coordinating with the Provincial Agriculture Office of Davao del Sur on the matter. In fact, we encouraged the local government to submit their report as soon as possible," Millana added.

Millana said the office would have to assess whether the drought has already taken its toll on the fish catch in Davao Region so they could do mitigation on the concern of the fisheries sectors.


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