Anda, Bolinao shellfish still positive of red tide

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Friday, April 4, 2014


DAGUPAN CITY -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned the public not to eat yet shellfishes and "alamang" (shrimps) taken from Bolinao and Anda as "red tide" has been monitored in these areas.

The warning was made more than a month after the agency issued an advisory prohibiting the gathering, transporting, selling and eating of shellfishes, like mussels, oysters and others, including alamang taken from the two affected areas.

The new advisory was contained in Shellfish Bulletin No. 8 of BFAR dated April 1, 2014, stating that shellfish samples collected from the sectors of Bolinao and Anda, Pangasinan are still found positive of red tide toxins.

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The advisory stated that the public is advised not to eat shellfish and "alamang" that were gathered and collected from the two areas as they will risk themselves from paralytic shellfish poisoning.

The first red tide advisory issued by BFAR was last March 5.

The new advisory came at a time when temperature further rose due to the hot summer.

Not covered by the advisory are shellfishes gathered from Sual, Lingayen, Binmaley, Dagupan City and San Fabian, and along the Lingayen Gulf.

Because of the new advisory, the Task Force Anti-Red Tide formed by Mayor Belen Fernandez of Dagupan City is still on alert to prevent shipment of shellfishes from Bolinao and Anda into Dagupan.

The task force headed by Maximo Solis, technical consultant in the office of City Agriculturist Emma Molina, is on alert not only for shellfishes coming from Anda and Bolinao but also those coming from Navotas, Malabon, Cavite and Bataan that might be brought to Dagupan. (PNA)

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