Pamalakaya blames LLDA for spread of ‘knife fish’

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MANILA, Philippines—An alliance of fisherfolk has accused the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) of “orchestrating the spread of knife fish” in the 90,000-hectare lake to kill the livelihood of small fishermen and fishpen operators, a claim which the authority called baseless and unfounded.

The group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya)claimed the government was benefiting from the invasion of the killer fish because it wanted to turn the lake into a commercial and industrial economic hub under a public-private partnership agreement.

“The knife fish spread like amoeba in the Laguna Lake…the LLDA and the Office of the President wanted to clear the lake of fishing and fish-culturing activities before they offer the lake to businesses,” Fernando Hicap, chair of Palamakaya said in an e-mailed statement.

Hicap said the knife-fish invasion of Laguna Lake reduced production by 70 to 90 percent.

The Pamalakaya official said the LLDA and other concerned government agencies are working on a master plan known as the Laguna Lake Master Development Project that will involve 54 major projects amounting to P400 billion in total investments.

According to Hicap, the projects include the dredging of Laguna Lake, the construction of 100-kilometer road and dike from Taytay, Rizal, to Sta. Cruz, Laguna, and a plan by two water concessionaires—Maynilad and Manila Water—to source potable water from the lake. Hicap said the government is apparently ready to guarantee them a daily extraction of 300 million cubic meters and 100 million cubic meters of fresh water from the lake.


LLDA general manager Neric Acosta dismissed Hicap’s claims as “unfounded” and “not valid.”

“This problem (the knife-fish invasion) affects not just the small fishermen but even the big fish-pen operators,” noted Acosta. “The knife fish goes into pens big or small. How could it be possible that someone would want it to happen when every (stakeholder) in the lake is affected ” he added.

Acosta also stressed that the cause of the knife fish in the lake was accidental and triggered by the “Ondoy” flooding in 2009.

The fisher group has also urged the LLDA to open the Napindan Hydraulic Control Structure (NHCS) to allow salt water from Manila Bay during high tide to enter the lake and cleanse it of the various toxic and alien species.

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  • daniboy2012

    Pamalakaya official must submit a formal protest with facts as proof, if indeed the gov’t agency Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) orchestrated the spread of knife fish. We Filipinos love to eat bangus and tilapia but its well known that these cultured fishes are being fed with Antibiotics Flesh dye (Canthaxanthin) Animal feces Blood meal Magnesium sulphate Bird feathers Animal bone meal Cane molasses Potassium iodide Sodium carbonate Soy Zinc oxide Di-calcium phosphate Yeast Copper carbonate Fowl organs Cobalt sulphate Cellulose. And not only that  it pollutes the Lagua lake. Both NGO and the GOV’T officials must sit down not for the good on certain groups but for everybody and for the environment.

    • intsikbeho

      tilapia has a very high tolerance for salt water and if they can increase salinity in the lake that should greatly reduce knife fish numbers. but it would also reduce all salt intolerant organisms which might not also be a good idea. 

      i love tilapia especially the big ones. i like bangus. i love knife fish as pets hehehe

      • daniboy2012

        Are you a Chinese girl?..well I am a gentleman..I will give my extreme views..tilapia and bangus should not be our stable fishes….there are not healthy cause they are fed with the above…you know who benifiting on this business ,,you screwed chinese . you are feeding my people with your poisons. 

      • intsikbeho

        i am not chinese.. you are not a gentleman.. your views are unfounded.. tilapia and bangus are the staple fishes regardless of your views, also tuyo (i love tuyo). you do not know the nuitritional contents of local tilapia and bangus, for all you know they may as well be healthier than magnolia turok chicken. i dont know who benefiting on this business.. not me i do not have any fish pen.. your people? may culto ka ba?

  • Carum Al Dumal

    Would be nice if they if they published a photo of the Knifefish along with this article. Keeps everyone from guessing what on earth this fish looks like. I believe this species came from Thailand or the Mekong basin.

  • Meow Ming

    Pagtuunan sana ng pansin ng grupong PAMALAKAYA ang problema ng mangingisda sa baybaying dagat ng Masinloc. Pinipigilang makapangisda sa Panatag ang ating mangingisda sa sariling teritoryo pero ang mga dayuhang tsino ay labas-masok sa lugar at walang habas mangolekta ng mga corals.

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