ZSCMST: Rivers being destroyed by janitor fish Print
Monday, 21 May 2018 11:38

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

A university researcher is warning people on the improper disposal of the janitor fish due to the danger it poses to the ecosystem.

Dr. Servando D. Halili Jr., Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) Research Director, said that the rivers of Guiwan, Tumaga and San Jose are now being direly affected by the proliferation of janitor fish.

Halili said that the janitor fish is now considered a pest and was recently pinpointed as the cause for the decline in endemic fish in our rivers.

Based on studies, the janitor fish destroys the endemic fish and other organisms required by the sea creatures for their sustenance.

Halili said that the presence of janitor fish in the city’s rivers might have been caused by the improper disposal by pet shops or aquarium owners.

Halili appealed to janitor fish owners to turn over the fish to the proper government agency to avoid environmental destruction.  (Allen Abastillas)