BFAR confirms Pangasinan still red tide-free

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014


LINGAYEN -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) assured that the fish, squids, shrimps, crabs, and seashells like mussels and oysters gathered from the coastal waters in Pangasinan province are free from red tide toxin.

A BFAR Shell Bulletin No. 05-2014 issued by the end of February stated that shellfish from the waters of Bolinao, Anda, Alaminos City, and Wawa, Bani, in the province; and from other coastal waters, except for some areas, in the country are safe for human consumption.

“Based on the latest laboratory results of BFAR and local government units (LGUs), shellfishes collected at Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur and Bataan coastal waters (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay, and Samal) are still positive for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) that is beyond regulatory limit.”

However, the bulletin warned that all types of shellfish and Acetes species or "alamang" gathered from the mentioned areas are not safe for human consumption.

BFAR Regional Director Nestor Domenden advised concerned LGUs to require market inspectors, quarantine officers, administrators to demand “auxiliary invoice” or clearance from Domestic Fish Movement for any fish and seashell that were brought in the markets to ensure that they did not come from areas positive for paralytic shellfish poisoning. (PNA)

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