DAGUPAN CITY — The city government here will strictly require traders bringing their fish products for sale at the Dagupan Fish Market to produce auxiliary invoice to make sure that all the products reaching the city are all safe for human consumption.
This was bared by City Agriculture Officer Emma Molina, noting that a big fishkill broke out anew in western Pangasinan, particularly in the towns of Anda and Bolinao as an aftermath of the neap tide that occurred May 18 to 19 this year.
Molina told newsmen that the auxiliary invoice is a tool instituted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to make sure that fish products being transported from one fish producing areas to the market are safe for consumption.
She said that on order of Mayor Belen Fernandez, all roads leading to the fish market, are being monitored 24/7 to ensure that delivery trucks do not bring a single fish that died from the fishkill to Dagupan.
At the same time, Molina has certified that all milkfish being sold on wholesale basis at the city’s fish market for distribution to other towns and even to other provinces are safe for human consumption.
It is in the Dagupan Fish Market that fish producers from various coastal towns of Pangasinan are bringing their products for sale in bulk to be resold to traders, bringing these products to other areas in Luzon.
At the height of the recent fishkill in western Pangasinan, only a slight decrease in prices of milkfish was noted but this has since picked up reaching as high as Php130 per kilo at retail prices to date.PNA/northboundasia.com