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Fishing activities in Taal Lake limited—NDRRMC

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Some activities related to fishing were allowed in Taal Lake but are very limited because of Taal Volcano’s current unrest, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

Fish cage operators and caretakers were only allowed to conduct “emergency harvest,” feeding, and taking out dead fish, the NDRRMC said.

These can only be done during the “window hours” from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., it said, adding that other fishing activities remain prohibited.

In a report, the Batangas provincial government said some 109,000 kilos of tilapia and bangus have been lost due to “low dissolved oxygen” in Taal Lake.

Those fish, along with some 3.8 hectares of corn lost due to “volcanic smog,” contribute to a P9.072-million damage recorded amid Taal Volcano’s current activity.

Taal Volcano remains under alert level 3 (magmatic unrest) following its phreatomagmatic eruption on July 1, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

A series of phreatomagmatic bursts occurred at 6:47 a.m., 6:06 p.m., 9:21 p.m., and 9:50 p.m. Thursday, followed by another on Friday, while 58 volcanic earthquakes were recorded in the past 24-hour period, it said.

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