Experts probe Vitali fishkill PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:29

Experts from the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) were scheduled to proceed to Vitali yesterday (September 6) to investigate the reported fishkill in fishponds.

This came after the City Council approved a resolution requesting the Office of the City Mayor to immediately help check on the reported losses incurred by Vitali businessmen on the attack of the so-called “white spot virus” on prawns, shrimps, crabs and other fishpond products.

Councilor Vincent Paul Elago, reacting to Discovery Zamboanga’s expose on the Vitali fishkill, sponsored the resolution during last Monday’s advance City Council session.
“I sponsored a resolution which was unanimously approved during the advance City Council session today (Monday) urgently requesting the city mayor to demand from BFAR and DA to immediately with no further delay act on the problem and to report their actions relative to the deadly white spot virus affecting the fishponds in Vitali before this can spread to other areas,” Elago said in his reaction to DZ’s expose on Facebook and local newspapers.

“The people of Vitali should be thankful to you,” Elago told Discovery Zamboanga, a local group of development communicators, who discovered the problem when they visited Vitali last weekend.

Over 100 businessmen of Vitali have been suffering huge losses of investments for over three months now and they blamed the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Deparment of Agriculture in general for not attending immediately to their problem.

BFAR instead moved its inspection of the Vitali problem to Sept. 21 instead of Sept 6 as originally scheduled, said Edward Falcasantos, one of the operators of Vitali fishponds.

Discovery Zamboanga, headed by its executive director Bue, chanced upon the problem as they were in Vitali looking for tourism and tourism potentials.