Government said it is still investigating the cause of the major fish kill at the Josiah’s Bay pond this month.
It said preliminary water testing results have confirmed their initial theory that low oxygen levels were major factors in the incident which killed hundreds of fish and a number of crabs.
Director of the Department of Disaster Management Sharleen DaBreo believes climate change resulted in the oxygen depletion.
“Climate change is not only increasing the intensity of hurricanes but it is also resulting in low oxygen levels which is related to high water temperatures, high concentrations of fish, and perhaps most importantly, large amounts of early-blooming algae, whose growth was boosted by nutrients added to the water from runoff,” DaBreo explained.
“Climate change is happening so fast that many species are struggling to cope with the effects, as we have been seeing recently, many of them are at increased risks and the results can be very disturbing,” she added.
Government said more testing is ongoing and the results will be shared with the public.
As hundreds of dead fish and crab littered the pond, workmen from construction company Bhanquest Development voluntarily cleaned the pond not only of dead seas creatures but also decaying trees.
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