MANILA, Philippines – Three of the more than 300 melon-headed dolphins that “invaded” the waters off Pilar town in Bataan early yesterday have drowned. Locals believe they were trapped in fishing nets near the coast.
Dr. Mundita Lim, director of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), said veterinarians from the Ocean Adventure in Subic Freeport and the bureau conducted an initial necropsy on the remains of the three animals.
The doctors determined that the marine mammals might have drowned after failing to extricate themselves from the fishing nets or baklad. [Read full article...]
Residents in the seaside towns of Pilar and Abucay in Bataan province northwest of Metro Manila raised the alarm early yesterday when they saw a large school of dolphins in shallow water.
Three of the dolphins were found dead and authorities feared others would die unless they could guide them into deeper water.
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The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is putting up four fishing ports to encourage more fishers to operate in the country’s resource-rich exclusive economic zone in the Pacific Ocean.
BFAR Director Malcolm I. Sarmiento said the fish ports will be constructed in Casiguran, Aurora; Infanta, Quezon, Tacloban City, Leyte; and Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), an agency attached to the Agriculture department, projects a 7% fisheries output growth this year, up from the 5.78% rise recorded last year and 6.8% growth in 2007, BFAR Director Malcolm I. Sarmiento, Jr., said in a phone interview yesterday.
Value of fisheries production rose to P85.328 billion last year from P80.661 billion in 2007, data from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) showed.
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