DAGUPAN CITY: Illegal fish pens that have mushroomed along the Dagupan river is not only affecting the city but also its adjacent towns of Binmaley and Lingayen that share the waterway are affected as well.
This was according to Dr. Wesley Rosario, chief of National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center in Dagupan, who was with a group that accompanied acting Mayor Belen Fernandez for an inspection of all the rivers of Dagupan City last week.
According to Rosario, it would be unfair for Binmaley and Lingayen to experience polluted water that is caused by 200 illegal fish pens that have been set up in Dagupan.
Rosario said that, there are now 159 illegal fish pens clumped in the boundary between Barangays Lucao in Dagupan and in Naguilayan in Binmaley.
The non-environmental friendly fish pens are causing oyster props in the river, which could have contributed to making the water cleaner.
Mayor-elect Fernandez was said to be informed that these fish pens are owned by non-Dagupan residents.
Fernandez said the local government is determined to have these illegal structures dismantled once she takes over governance of the area.