Taguig fishermen enjoy abundant catch despite threat from knife fish


The Taguig City Agriculture Office reported that local fishermen still enjoy an abundance of catch – averaging about 30 kilos a day – despite the presence of the knife fish, which is described as an invasive species in Laguna Lake.

 Mayor Lani Cayetano attributed such abundance to the lake seeding project of the local government, which she said continues to benefit small fishermen in the city.

 “The lake seeding has contributed greatly to the livelihood of our fisherfolk community. It deferred the threat of fish scarcity and in the process reversed the conditions,” Mayor Lani said.

 She further said that local fishermen currently take home at least P1,000 worth of catch every day.

 As of 2012, the city had already dispersed 901,000 fingerlings in the Taguig City waters. But the dispersal for 2013 has been temporarily halted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) because of the knife fish infestation in Laguna Lake.

 However, Agriculture office head Emelita Solis said that the interruption in the quarterly fingerling dispersal did not have a significant effect on the fishing fishermen community.

 “We have been consistent in the implementation of this project during the past three years, thus allowing the fish to grow and reproduce,” Solis added. ###


Taguig City Hotlines

Taguig City Hall 555- 7800 Police Taguig Mobile Patrol 0921-7221972
Fire Department at City Hall 642-9982 Public Order & Safety Office 642-1261
Fire Department Taguig Central 837-0740 / 837-4496 Taguig Environmental / Solid Waste 642-7557
Fire Department at FTI 837-4496 Traffic Management Office 640-7006
Lake & River Patrol 628-1377 Taguig-Pateros District Hospital 837-8132
Office of Social Welfare & Development 555-7919 Taguig City Rescue 0917-5503727
PNP Taguig / COP 642-2060 Taguig Emergency Hotline 165-7777
Tactical Operation Center Police 642-3582 Taguig Command Center 789- 3200
Police 117 / Emergency 1623 Doctors-On- Call 0917- 8210896