BFAR says red tide still in 4 areas PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 June 2012 15:52

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has said red tide toxins, which cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), continue to pollute four coastal waters in the country which have been contaminated for one to two years now.

BFAR’s latest Shellfish Bulletin showed that shellfishes collected at Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental; Bataan coastal waters along the towns of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal; and Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar are still positive for red tide toxin that is beyond the regulatory limit of 50 milligrams toxic level.

BFAR Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Section head Juan R. Relox Jr. said their bulletin serves as a warning for the fishermen and residents alike in the vicinity of the above-mentioned areas to refrain from harvesting, selling, buying and eating all types of shellfish and Acetes species or “alamang.”

Relox said the red tide toxin in Zamboanga provinces has already been there for more than two years and in Bataan since October of 2011 when it reached a very high level of toxin.

He said it could not be exactly determined when this toxin would be dissolved but their technicians constantly conduct laboratory tests to monitor red tide presence so the public may be forewarned.

According to the BFAR bulletin, the rest of the coastal waters in the country, including Manila Bay that covers the coastal waters of Cavite, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Navotas and Bulacan and the coastal waters of Bolinao, Anda, Alaminos and Wawa, Bani in Pangasinan continue to be free from toxic red tide.
Masinloc Bay in Zambales, which was also found earlier with the toxin, is now also free from the toxin.