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Maling-mali! Netizens slam release of tilapia fingerlings in Iloilo River

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The release of around 1,000 tilapia fingerlings by the Iloilo Girl Scout Council into the Iloilo River Esplanade last January 5 did not sit well with netizens.

Said move was “irresponsible” as it “threatens the river’s ecosystem,” said @MangingisdaSays on Twitter.

The tweet claimed that mangroves along the river serve as nursery grounds for juvenile fishes.

“Tilapias are introduced invasive species and can outcompete native species. They are voracious feeders, feeding on a variety of food including eggs and juveniles of other fishes. They also multiply fast, displacing native species from their habitat,” @MangingisdaSays further said.

Another netizen commented that studies from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources recommend tilapia for aquaculture.

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions… and littered with crumbs from Girl Scout cookies,” @Jirarudan22 also tweeted.