Dagupan SP probes sale of double-dead bangus

THE Dagupan Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) will conduct an exhaustive investigation in aid of legislation on the alleged selling of the double dead fishes at the Magsaysay Fish Market.

The investigation was sought by Councilor Teresa Coquia, chairman on market, due to persistent reports she received that on some occasions double dead fish were being sold to unsuspecting customers and fish dealers.

The SP called City Agriculturist Emma Molina, members of the milkfish consignacion at the Magsaysay Fish Market as well as members of the fish producers association in its next regular session in order to shed light on the matter.

Double-dead fishes are those that died in fishponds or fish pens due to lack of dissolved oxygen in the water caused by pollution, sudden change of temperature in the water or other natural or man-made factors.

At the height of rains induced by Typhoon Carina last week, many fish farmers in Dagupan had to harvest in their fish ponds and pens prematurely in anticipation of a possible fish kill, causing a glut in supply that drove down the market price of bangus per kilo.

Coquia said the practice of selling double-dead fish to customers and fish dealers will deal a big blow to the sale and demand for the Dagupan bangus, reputed to be the tastiest of its kind in the country.

The Dagupan bangus being sold at the Magsaysay Fish Market are being shipped daily to Manila and other population centers in Luzon.

A report received by the PUNCH revealed that most of the rivers in the city are again teeming with illegal fish pens, most of which are oversized and overstocked. (Leonardo Micua)

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