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Janitor fish alarms Cagayan fisherfolk

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: Fisherfolk here and in at least 10 towns in Cagayan Valley have expressed concern over the rapid spread and infestation of a dreaded fish specie – janitor fish (Pterygoplichtys pardalis) that has been affecting their livelihood.

Gernaldo Camit, Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA) Fishery Section head, said that communal bodies of water and fishpond areas in the towns of Gattaran, Lasam, Iguig, Amulung, Baggao, Solana, Enrile and, Tuguegarao City in Cagayan and the towns of Roxas and Quirino in Isabela are now infested with janitor fish. “Fisherfolk are complaining because most of their catch now comprise of janitor fish,” Camit said.

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