FILE PHOTO: The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warns that fish mortality or death may become prevalent due to the El Niño phenomenon. CONSULTANT FILES

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned that fish mortality may become prevalent due to the El Niño phenomenon.

BFAR spokesperson Nazario Briguera said the heat could result in lower water levels, especially in “terrestrial fish reservoirs,” which could mean less oxygen for fish.

“There they are more vulnerable to falling water levels, because it is hot and there is a possibility of fish mortality, because the level of dissolved oxygen in the ponds can fall,” he explained.

(They are more vulnerable to falling water levels because it is hot and there is a possibility of fish mortality because the dissolved oxygen level in fish ponds can drop.)

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However, Briguera also said that certain types of fish are more easily caught during El Niño.

“There is data that says that during El Niño our sardine production, our stock, increases, because it is a favorable condition for them,” Briguera revealed during the Bagong Pilipinas Ngayon public briefing.

(There is data that says that during El Niño our sardine production, our stock, increases, because it is a favorable condition for them.)

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To mitigate the predicted impacts of El Niño on fish production, the BFAR official said they will increase mariculture park operations, as well as promote good aquaculture practices, such as ensuring that fish farms only grow the right amount of fry. .

“BFAR will also expand the operations of our mariculture parks, these fisheries at sea, in cages, so that they are not vulnerable to the heat that will be caused by El Niño,” said Briguera.


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(BFAR will also expand the operations of our mariculture parks, these fisheries at sea, in cages, so that they are not vulnerable to the heat that will be caused by El Niño.)



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