DILG to dismantle illegal fishpens in Batangas


A June 3, 2011 press release by the Department of the Interior and Local Government
Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo yesterday directed police officials in Batangas to dismantle all identified illegal fish pens installed at the shorelines of Talisay and Laurel towns inside the Taal Lake.
The DILG chief said he has ordered Batangas PNP provincial director, Sr. Superintendent Rosauro Acio to give a chance to illegal fish pen owners to voluntarily dismantle their fish pens until all of their dead fish had been retrieved and disposed of properly.
“My directive was for the Batangas PNP to ask illegal fish pen owners to voluntarily dismantle their illegal fish cages and until they have disposed of their dead fish,” Robredo said.
“After a week, if the illegal fish pen owners would still refuse to dismantle their fish cages, the local police, in coordination with the local officials, would lead their dismantling,” he added.
Talisay Mayor Zenaida Mendoza said more than 500 metric tons of bangus, and tilapia were found floating in at least 84 fish cages in Barangay  Sampaloc.
Climate change, along with over pouring of feeds and other chemicals in the fish cages in the lake were largely blamed for the fish kill.