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Balete bay red tide alert lifted

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Davao region has lifted the red tide alert covering Balete Bay in Mati City, Davao Oriental.
BFAR Davao Region Fish Production Chief Raul Millana said water sampling earlier this month showed that shellfish from the bay turned out negative of parasitic poisoning.Thus, he said, shellfish from the bay are now safe for consumption.
Millana said the toxicity caused by an overgrowth in aquatic microorganisms called “dinoflagellates” has decreased to safe levels. The death of the microorganisms which triggered the phenomenon known as algal bloom could have resulted from the drought, he added.

However, BFAR Davao Region Director Fatma Idris said that if not addressed, the siltation which caused the overgrowth of microorganisms will continue to trigger the red tide in Balete Bay.
The result of the latest water sampling on Balete Bay was released on March 19, more than three weeks after the release of an earlier test that showed the bay was stil…

Fingerlings shortage worry Mindanao fish farmers

The shortage of fingerlings, which comes as a result of erratic temperatures brought about by El Niño, has started to worry fisherfolk in Mindanao.The Alcantara Group’s Finfish Hatcheries, Inc., which exports as well as supplies more than 50% of the country’s total requirements for bangus (milkfish) fry, has been experiencing lower production with their brood stock laying fewer eggs.
Rene Bocaya, Finfish national sales manager, said their 12,000 brood stock at the 50-hectare hatchery in Sarangani normally delivers 1.5 million bangus fry per month. In January this year, however, it was down to only 29 million, of which 13 million went to Mindanao, 10 million to the Visayas and six million to Luzon. The situation is stressing the hatchery’s business model because the bangus fry business supports other operations.
“One product that sustains us is our bread and butter, the bangus fry, so if we can produce this it can help subsidize the high value species,” he said, adding that they are hopi…