Fish losses now reach P387M
FISH losses caused by the continuous rains and the resulting floods beginning July 20 had reached more than P387M affecting close to three thousand aquafarm operators and several hundreds of fishermen who have to stop fishing in at least 3 regions in Luzon .
Based on the reports of damages submitted by the regional offices of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in regions 1, 3 and 4A, the hardest hit sector are the fishpond and fish cage operators with total losses already reaching close to P377M.
Damages to infrastructure and other facilities, including bancas and other fishing devices are estimated at P10.1M
Fisheries Director Atty. Asis G. Perez said that among the provinces affected, the hardest hit are in Pampanga where losses are estimated at more than P262M. Majority of the fishponds affected are mostly in harvestable stage. In Bulacan, production loss is estimated at P84M, Bataan, P15M; Cavite , P6.5M and Pangasinan, P5.78M.
In region 3, some 2,300 fish pond operators had been affected by the two typhoons and the habagat resulting to the loss of millions of fish fry and fingerlings and some 205 tons of harvestable farmed fishes such as milkfish, tilapia, sugpo, mudcrab and P. vannamei.
Perez said that 16 percent of the 40,285 hectares of fishponds in region 3 has been affected. Also, losses in terms of facilities and infrastructure amounted to some P2.9M. These cover 2 units of payao in Mariveles at P1.2M each; 30 units of lambaklad or fish traps in Malolos estimated at P90,000.00 and a motorized and non-motorized banca, also in Mariveles.
In Region 1, particularly in Pangasinan and La Union, fish losses caused by typhoon Gener and the monsoon rains reached more than P6.09M. At least 96 fishpond operators were affected. Even the agency’s research facility in Dagupan also reported structural damages in some of its buildings estimated at P90T.
In region 4A, the estimated cost of damage totaled to P14.9M with P7.8M resulting from losses to aquaculture production. In terms of damages to facilities, 169 units of boats and banca amounting to close to P6.5M were damaged and/or totally destroyed. At least 293 units of fishing gears estimated at P504T and 10 units of caretakers hut estimated at P100T were also destroyed during the onslaught of typhoon Gener in several municipalities of Cavite and Laguna.
In addition, the monsoon rains had also affected 115 seaweed beneficiaries in Barangay Uno and Dos at Calatagan with more than 30,000 kilos of seaweeds washed offshore and bamboo rafts damaged by the strong rains.
Some fish pens in Laguna de Bay, especially in Cardona was also partially damaged resulting to the escape of more than 100,000 pieces of bangus stocks.
Perez said that the agency is now readying all possible livelihood inputs and/or assistance to affected fisherfolk for distribution once the weather condition becomes favorable.