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Fish sales in Oton down 90%

September 12, 2006

By Ruby P. Silubrico

OTON Mayor Carina Flores Monday said fishermen’s sales on various fish have declined to almost 90 percent since the MT Solar I oil spill started on August 11.

To show that fish in Oton are still safe to eat, fish vendors, local government officials headed by Flores, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Chief Drucila Ong and Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center headed by Joseph Toledo, conducted a “boodle fight” inside the Oton public market.

Flores said the activity was one way of showing the public that fish are still good for eating and that they were not affected by the oil slick.

“Several fish vendors approached and told us that their sales were really affected by this oil spill in Guimaras, that’s why we came up this activity. We have already asked several persons who can somehow help us because our sales have declined by 90 percent,” Flores said.

(For the full story, click Oton, Sept. 12, 2006.)

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