Residents of Baseco Compound in Manila were surprised to find hundreds of dead fish found ashore on September 16.
The incident was first reported by non-profit organization Urban Poor Associates, who shared a video of the white waters filled with countless dead fish – a rare occurrence even during the cold Amihan season.
Regine Nequia, president of Baseco Seaside Neighborhood Association (BASA) was surprised to see dead fish floating on…
‘Noong nagising [yung Baseco Seaside Neighborhood Association president], nagulat sya na mayroong puti puti dagat. Usually daw, may mga fish kill, pero ‘di ganoon karami tuwing Amihan,’ shared Urban Poor Associates member Princess Esponilla.
Esponilla furthered the government ought to be quick in investigating the cause as ‘10% of Baseco’s 22,000 families rely on paninisid or fishing to get by.’
Though the white sand initiative of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) might be the first reason to come to mind, the DENR denies the connection of their ‘rehabilitation project‘ of covering the walkway with crushed dolomite.
‘Very erroneous ‘yung allegation na ‘yon. Kasi if you will look at the distance, talagang napakalayo. ‘Yung direksyon ng hangin eh hindi nag p-point sa lugar na yon. ‘Yung fishkill sa lugar lang nila,’ said DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda.
Antiporda even plans to fly a drone over the oceans of Baseco to prove that the dolomite wasn’t the reason for the white waters.
‘Bukas magpapalipad ako ng drone diyan para makita nila yung sinasabi nila pumuputi.’
Ringing true to DENR’s claims, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) found that the water quality in Baseco only showed dissolved oxygen at a level of 0.11 mg/L, much lower than the required 5 mg/L for fishes and other aquatic creatures to live.
In October of last year, dozens of dead fish and shellfish also washed ashore from Manila Bay to Las Pinas due to ‘natural causes‘.
Hope this doesn’t mess up the white sand big reveal this September 19