Fatal fish species haunts Cagayan waters


BUGUEY, Cagayan: A deadly and poisonous fish species has caused alarm among fishing communities in northern Cagayan after claiming the life of a young girl in this coastal town.

Fishery officials are referring to shadow goby, locally known as langen-langen or bunog, a fish species, which usually thrives in shallow coral reefs, mangrove swamps and seagrass meadows.

Dr. Jovita Ayson, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) director for Region 2, has warned fishing communities owing to reports that a nine-year-old girl here has succumbed to poisoning after eating the fish earlier this week.

Other members of the family who have partaken the fish were also reportedly hospitalized because of poisoning.

”To have an idea what the deadly fish looks like, we have already posted photos and description of the particular fish species in our advisory to various towns in the province,” Ayson said.

Described by BFAR fish experts, the shadow goby is relatively small having black spots on the body; the gobies form the family Gobiidae, which is one of the largest families of fish, with more than 2,000 species in more than 200 genera.

It is as deadly as the puffer fish or butete for having similar toxic contents according to the BFAR.


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