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Fish Cages Rise Near Taal Volcano Danger Zone

PHILIPPINES - Fish cage operators can now legally put fish cages in the waters of Taal Lake in Talisay town despite its being declared a permanent danger zone by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

This, after the Protected Areas Management Board executive committee (PAMB execom) approved a resolution on Nov. 14 to include the island in the Taal Lake’s fish cage zones.

On the same day, the PAMB execom also passed a resolution opposing the plan of Environment Secretary Lito Atienza to phase out the existing fish cages in the lake “within two years.”

Atienza said the move would help restore the lake to its pristine state and help save the endemic “tawilis” and “maliputo” fishes in Taal Lake from extinction.

In its past bulletins, the Phivolcs had repeatedly reminded people that the Taal Volcano Island is a “permanent danger zone.”

Volcanologists said the Taal Volcano remained active and could explode anytime, which was why they were discouraging people from staying permanently in the area.