Fish Kill in Taal Lake

There’s no green (literally) on my Green Monday entry this week but this is a perfect post for living green. I just want to share this photo taken by my friend Juliet Casabal. It shows the normal daily activities of those who are living around Taal Lake.

How I miss sights like these. I miss the smell of morning breeze and the crashing of cold waves on my feet. I grew up in San Nicolas, my Dad’s hometown, which is one of those towns surrounding Taal Lake. It is the home of the famous Maliputo and Tilapia.

Last May 28, the sight of dead and floating fish left the local fishing community dumbfounded.

(courtesy of ABS-CBN)

The community is blaming the pollution emitted by local piggeries around the lake because when the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources tested the water in the affected portions of the lake, they found high concentration of nitrite and ammonia which are toxic substances found in animal wastes. But the pollutant toxins was just one of the causes. Little did the local fishermen know that the fish kill was actually caused by the overstocking of illegal fish pens in the lake that led to the depletion of oxygen levels that then killed the fishes in the lake.

It’s odd, huh? The fishes, which normal flora is water, drowned. It is all because of  some people’s carelessness and the concerned official’s laxity (as always). When are we going to learn? Don’t wait for the new wave of fish kill to afflict Taal Lake.

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Corals

These photos were taken when we went to Manila Ocean park. The corals are beautiful and so are the fishes.

corals

yellow fishesI am wondering if after 10 years there will still be as much and as beautiful corals in seas and oceans. Just recently there were about 375 tons of milk fish seen afloat around Taal Lake. One of the towns affected is San Nicolas, my hometown.

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A Letter to My Hometown

Dear Hometown,

Thinking back of my childhood makes me miss you. A place like you where everyone knows everyone is far different from where we are residing now. There with you, we were living in a small hut made of bamboo and nipa. Life was so simple yet fulfilling. Everyone in the neighborhood is so accommodating and willing to lend a helping hand.

I miss your green rice fields where we used to play tag and catch dragonflies. The same rice fields where we looked for edible snails during rainy season that Mom used to cooked with taro leaves and coconut milk. I miss your river where we go fishing and Mom washed our blankets sometimes. I miss your lake and its small volcano.

I miss my cousins and old friends who were walking with me on our way to school everyday. With our old rubber slippers we go through one kilometer road, unmindful of the scorching heat or heavy rains because on the roadside there were our favorite tamarind and jocote tree where we hid from the boys and eat the fruits.

It’s been five years since I last visited you and I miss so much everything about you. I hope someday, I can buy a small piece of your land and build that same old nipa hut where I can spend the last days of my life with my family and old friends. When that time comes, I want you to welcome me with the smell of dry leaves, cold breeze, peace and tranquility…just like the old times.

Love,
Rossel

Wondering where my hometown is? I grew up in San Nicolas, small town in Batangas, the home of famous tilapia, tawilis, Pansipit River, Taal Lake and Taal Volcano. The photo above was taken from the roof top of my friend Juliet’s house, overlooking the Taal Lake and Taal Volcano. My hometown is just beautiful!

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Taal Volcano

Taal Lake
I grew up in San Nicolas, a small town in Batangas Province. Our house was a kilometer (rough estimate) away from Taal Lake where Taal Volcano is located. Taal Volcano is a small volcano but has erupted violently several times, causing loss of life in the areas surrounding the lake. 
Taal Vocano
Last June 8, PHIVOLCS raised the volcano status to Alert Level 2, which indicates the volcano is undergoing magmatic intrusion which could eventually lead to an eruption. Thank God there was no eruption but the main crater remains off-limits because hazardous steam-driven explosions may occur, along with the possible build-up of toxic gases. 
My entry for Watery Wednesday.
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