MANILA, Philippines – Over 750 tons of fish have died and became rancid were found floating in Taal Lake in the northern Philippines, with authorities blaming it on a sudden temperature drop. A number of residents got sick due to the bad smell due to the fish kills, officials declared.
Rose del Mundo, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources official said that the huge fish deaths happening late last week but have eased. Authorities have debarred the sale of the rotting fish, which are being masked by the truckload in Talisay and four other towns in Batangas province,
The deaths are not related to recent signs of restlessness in Taal volcano, which is encircled by the lake where many villagers have developed milkfish and tilapia — staple food for many Filipinos, officials said. The volcano and lake are a popular tourist spots.
Since Thursday, Talisay Mayor Zenaida Mendoza said that more or less 375 metric tons of milkfish died in 84 fish cages in Sampaloc village of the same town in Batangas province.
Municipal Agriculture Officer of Talisay, Zeny Macatangay said that preliminary investigations revealed that the fish death was due to "sudden change of water temperature" in the lake where Taal Volcano is located.
Alert Level 2 is still in effect over Taal Volcano, with the understanding that magma has been presumptuous towards the surface, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOCS) said.
About six volcanic activities were documented in the past 24 hours near the volcano.