Over 700 Tons of Dead Fish Floating in Taal Lake in Philippines

Posted on May 30, 2011

Over 700 tons of dead fish have been found floating in Taal Lake in the Philippines. The lake surrounds the Taal Volcano, which has been showing heightened activity over the last two months. Volcanologists say the dead fish incident is not related to the recent volcanic activity.

PhilStar.com reports that the dead milkfish and tilapia drowned due to a lake of oxygen according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources says the die-off begin a week ago. Some are blaming a large number of fish cages in the water for obstructing the water flow.

You can see photographs of the tons of dead fish here. Here is a video showing local fisherman trying to remove the rotting dead fish. Take a look:

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