Red tide up in Bataan waters-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warned that the coastal waters surrounding Bataan in Central Luzon are now contaminated by the red tide toxin.
The same is true with the coastal waters in Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental in Mindanao as well as in Mati, Davao Oriental and Milagros in Masbate.
Shellfish Bulletin No. 26 series of 2013 circulated by the BFAR said all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the said areas are not safe for human consumption, as they are positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
The bulletin also said fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.
The announcement was based on the latest laboratory results of BFAR and Local Government Units, according to the bulletin.
The following areas, however, continue to be free from toxic red tides: coastal waters of Cavite, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Navotas and Bulacan in Manila Bay; coastal waters of Bolinao, Anda, Alaminos and Wawa, Bani in Pangasinan; Masinloc Bay in Zambales; coastal waters of Mandaon in Masbate; Juag Lagoon in Matnog and Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; Honda and Puerto Bays in Puerto Princesa City and Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, Palawan; coastal waters of Pilar, President Roxas, Panay, Roxas City, Ivisan and Sapian in Capiz; coastal waters of E.B. Magalona, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Valladolid, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City, Hinigaran, Cadiz City, Victorias City, Bago City, Binalbagan and San Enrique in Negros Occidental; Maqueda Bay, Villareal Bay, Irong-Irong Bay, Cambatutay Bay and coastal waters of Calbayog City in Western Samar; Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar, Ormoc, San Pedro, Cancabato and Carigara Bays in Leyte; Biliran waters in Biliran Province; Hinatuan, Bislig and Lianga Bays in Surigao del Sur; and Taguines Lagoon in Benoni Mahinog, Camiguin Island.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 06, 2013.