Trash found in ‘Dorado’ fish stomach shocks vendor and customer


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Fish are a great source of natural omega-3 fatty acids, plus vitamins like B2 and D. What’s more, it is rich in phosphorus, calcium, and minerals.

Thus, it is not surprising that many people do prefer to consume fish than other meat. You have a lot of variety to choose from and different tastes too. 

People who live near oceans get the freshest catch of the day! But, what if you’re about to buy one, and when it’s cut open, you see the fish’s stomach filled with trash?

In Puerto Prinsesa City, Palawan, a fish vendor and their customer was shock when they saw the freshly cut fish had loads of garbage in its stomach.

The Daily Guardian had the opportunity to interview Mary Vanessa Guzman-Tan. The latter’s father encountered the incident upon buying fish that Saturday morning in Barangay Bancao in Jacana’s wet market, Puerto Prinsesa City. 

Mary Vanessa shares to the Daily Guardian that her father’s routine was to purchase fresh fish at the wet market in Jacana.

“He went straight to his suki this morning to look for what is available from his fresh catch. He decided to buy a kilo or two of Dorado.” 

As soon as the vendor sliced up the mahi-mahi or Dorado, they witnessed the shocking discovery!

“They were surprised to see trash, aside from some squid that the fish had eaten… Basura sa tiyan ng isda. The fish was caught in the waters of Palawan. Even the fisherman was shocked of what he saw.” 

The fish vendor then discarded the foreign objects from the fish’s intestines.

What were these objects?

There were bottle caps, candy wrappers, a pain relief patch, and a plastic spoon.

“This only means that our ocean is being flooded with trash.”

“Sabi nga ng tatay ko, iba pala kapag napapanood mo lang sa TV, at iba kapag nakita mo mismo sa personal na pag bukas ng tiyan ng isda, puro basura.”

“Dahil sa kadamangan ng tao, pati lamang dagat nadadamay,” Mary said.

The Western Philippines University’s researchers reported that their findings that the marine plastic pollution within the Puerto Princesa City is “heavily contaminated,” and from the classification based on accepted international standards is “dirty to extremely dirty.”


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