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Guimaras fish supply down 65%

November 3, 2007

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Inquirer, 11/03/2007

ILOILO CITY—Marine scientists have recorded a 65 percent drop in fish supply from the waters of Guimaras following last year’s massive oil spill that ravaged the island-province.

Dr. Wilfredo Campos, president of the Philippine Association of Marine Science (PAMS), said the studies that were conducted starting two weeks after the oil spill in August 2006 until this year showed a marked decline in fish population in the waters of Guimaras.

The findings of a research team headed by Campos was presented during the 9th National Symposium in Marine Science of the PAMS held in Iloilo City last week.

The studies showed a drop in fish density, biomass and diversity compared to the figures recorded in the same areas in 2001.

The fish density in Guimaras waters dropped from 1.5 grams per square meter in 2001, to 0.8 g in 2006 while biomass dropped from 26.5 g per sqm in 2001 to 9.3 in 2006. The fish diversity, or the presence of different species of fish, also went down from 48.2 in 2001 to 35.8 in 2006.

(Continue reading at Guimaras fish.)

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