City Agri Office, BFAR act on Vitali’s fishkill PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 16:55

After an ocular inspection last Friday, the City Agriculturist Office affirmed that not the entire fishpond district of Vitali is affected by the “white spot syndrome” virus contrary to earlier reports.

The ocular team discovered that only some fishpond operators were actually affected by the said virus that allegedly killed prawns, shrimps, crabs, milkfish and other fishpond products.

Based on the actual observations of the team, they found out that some of the fishponds; especially those affected by the virus have a water volume that is not suitable for the livability of the aquatic resources being cultured.

The sudden change of temperature combined by the low water volume contributed to the death of the said species.

Furthermore, according to Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Director Ahadulla Sajili, the “white spot” virus is hereditary, claiming that fry or fingerlings that were cultured in the said affected fishponds inherited the virus from their parents.

To this, Sajili urged the fishpond operators to secure fingerlings and fry from certified providers as approved by BFAR to assure that the young species are free from diseases.

He claimed that such incident is common in some areas in Luzon where fishponds are overcrowded.
Sajili suggested that for the fishpond to be “disinfected,” it must be left cleared for 2 weeks or a month before it will be populated by fingerlings or fry from providers duly certified by the bureau.

He also said that a team from BFAR Manila will conduct training for fishpond operators for them to be oriented on the procedures and methodology relative to fishery business.

Prior to the training, the City Agriculturist Office under Diosdado Palacat will conduct a pre-training orientation for the concerned fishpond operators on September 17. — Richard Aliangan/City Hall PIO