Rapid multiplication of mussels alarms fisherfolk in Dagupan

DAGUPAN CITY — Mayor Belen Fernandez revealed that the teeming of a shellfish called mussels in the rivers of Dagupan City is not all the time a boon but more of a bane to the city.

“It’s rapid growth has become so alarming and looked like they are some kind of pest,” Fernandez said during a program at the city plaza.

She assured this problem will be addressed soon because the rapid growth of mussels has seriously affected the production of fish in Dagupan City.

The mayor recalled that a few years back, a fish pond owner was convincing her to allow the massive propagation of mussels in the city’s rivers but she did not like the idea as it might intrude on fish production.

She did not know that the fish pond owner went on anyway to propagate this kind of shellfish which, the mayor said, is now often regarded as pest.

Prior to this, there was no mussel thriving in Dagupan City.

Mussels were known to thrive only in western Pangasinan areas such as in Bolinao, Anda, Bani and Alaminos but not in Dagupan.

It was in Western Pangasinan where there were frequent episodes of red tide and in those episodes, mussels were the ones being infected by toxic microorganism caused by this phenomenon.

Fishermen said it red tide may soon be experienced, too in Dagupan. Leonardo Micua/PNA-northboundasia.com