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Illegal Fish Cages in Taal Lake to be Dismantled

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PHILIPPINES - The Task Force Taal Lake (TFTL) is firm on dismantling all illegal fish cages within Taal Lake on 30 March to avoid the recurrence of fish kills that is usually experienced from May until June.

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Fish cage owners and operators who have not renewed their permits were given until 29 March to harvest.

Talisay Mayor, Zeny Mendoza, along with the members of TFTL led the distribution of the warning stating the date of harvesting which would not go beyond the slated dismantling operations.

Aside from the cancellation and disallowing to renew permits, all fish cages seen without the necessary plates starting 30 March would be dismantled by the Task Force.

Meanwhile, to show support to the Task Force Taal Lake, the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), local government units (LGUs), the fishcage owners and operators issued a statement of support to the rules set for the protection of Taal Lake.