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BFAR working to avert future fish kills

PHILIPPINES - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) has assured that it is now assisting local government units (LGUs) in training fish cage operators on proper and sustainable feeding techniques and finding alternative areas to decongest fish pens affected by the massive fish kill in Pangasinan.

"The code of practice for aquaculture has to be followed strictly. Operators should see to it that their caretakers had been properly trained, especially in fish and feeding management," said BFAR OIC Gil Adora, explaining how congestion in fish cages caused a deterioration of water quality and dissolved oxygen levels that led to the massive fish kill.

Adora added that fish cage operators in affected areas, upon the advice of BFAR, recently released to the open sea approximately 200,000 undersize bangus to prevent further fish mortality.

Source: Tempo