Plan to breed ‘golden’ bangus dies with lone specimen


BFAR research center Chief Westly Rosario with the “golden” bangus in April. RAY ZAMBRANO/INQUIRER N. LUZON

DAGUPAN CITY—This city’s dream to breed “golden” bangus has gone belly up.

Dr. Westly Rosario, research center chief of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), said a rare golden bangus, notable for its bright yellow scales and fin, died on June 24 “probably because of the water quality” of its containment pond.

“The pond where the bangus was lodged was continuously pumped with sea water. But there was a problem with the pump’s water intake [valve] which was filled with sand, so water could not enter the pond,” he said.

As a result, the bangus, which weighed 1.2 kg, could have died because of the absence of dissolved oxygen, he said.

Instead of burying the golden bangus at the center’s cemetery for endangered species, specialists decided to preserve it in a jar.

The BFAR had planned to promote the golden bangus as a symbol of the milkfish industry’s revitalization.

The agency was scheduled to crossbreed the golden bangus with a silver bangus when it turns five years old, considered to be its sexual maturity age, Rosario said.

The 16-month-old bangus was donated to the BFAR by fishpond operator Ariel Fernandez of Binmaley town on May 14. Initially, the fish was kept isolated in a tank, but its keepers realized that it had turned weak and stressed, according to BFAR officials.

The golden bangus was transferred to another pond, sharing the waters with a sea bass and a few crabs. That’s where it died a month later.

The fish’s golden color was uncommon, and Rosario believed it was similar to albinism in mammals, which is a congenital disorder characterized by the absence of pigmentation on the skin, hair and irises.

The 1.2-kg fish was the first of its kind to be documented in the Philippines.

“Some people believe that the golden bangus brings good luck, so the bangus was spared,” he said. Yolanda Sotelo, Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • NoWorryBHappy

    Sad. R.I.P.


    BAKIT kaya hindi sinubukan ang reproduction by stem cell?

    • georgeB

      Di nga marunong maghandle kung saan dapat ilagay ang bangus, stem cell pa? Wake up..ur dreamin

      • UrHONOR

        SORRY, hindi na ako pumapatol sa SANO’.

      • georgeB

        Ano pa ba ang irarason mo? Wag ka magpaka tanga lol

  • akimaxx

    Nakakalungkot ang balitang ito.  Sayang. Ang akin lang masasabi– DUMB SCIENTIST.

  • georgeB

    Kung hindi ba nman expert yung naghandle…hinalo sa crab at sea bass na grabe magconsume ng paniwalang paniwala pa talaga ang mga bobo sa lucky charm..hello!! 2012 na po tayo..scientific ba yan? Nakakahiya. Pagtatawanan na naman tayo ng indonesia

  • __A_YAHOO_USER__


    Bobo Feeling Always Right  yan ang BFAR

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