Fish supply down due to bad weather

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Fish supply down due to bad weather

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Fish stalls in public markets have been almost barren for more than a week already due to bad weather that prevented fishermen to sail.

Fish vendors at Dao Public Market said there were days when suppliers from Cebu provided them with stock but still the supply was limited.

For the meantime, they make do with bangus from inland fishery. Tilapia and bangus from inland ponds continue to be available in mall supermakets.

The prices of fish had also gone up a bit just like in bad weather seasons in the past.

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However, both in times of good and bad weather, prices of fish in Bohol remain high- -almost double the prices in Cebu.

The successive weekly rounds of fuel prices is another factor seen in the further increase of fish prices.

On the other hand, the fish vendors said they had barely recovered yet from the impact of the longest red tide experienced in Bohol and now, the typhoon season had taken over.

Bohol fishermen remain idle as the seas remain rough due to the winds brought about by Typhoon Lawin that has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility just as Typhoon Karen had left.

During hard times, fish vendors said they lament that stable suppliers prefer to provide stock to big resorts and the malls over them.

While bad weather come and go, the biggest blow was the longest red tide alert hoisted in the Dauis and Tagbilaran that lasted for three quarters.

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It was only in March this year that the longest red tide alert in the province had been lifted by BFAR.

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In the same month, BFAR hoisted red tide alert in Eastern Visayas since until the present.

The previous red tide alert in Dauis ran from middle of last year to March this year.

However, BFAR-Bohol continued to warn local governments of Dauis and Tagbilaran to remain vigilant since then, and continue monitoring the coastal areas to make sure any resurgence of red tide toxins would be promptly acted upon.

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BFAR-7 continued to warn that even if Bohol and other areas of the Central Visayas region are now negative of red tide, there is no assurance that products contaminated by red tide from red-tide affected areas in Eastern Visayas would be prevented from reaching the markets here.

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