BFAR orders shellfish ban in coastal waters of 5 provinces PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 November 2013 14:01

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Wednesday advised the public to refrain from eating shellfish collected from Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental; Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental, and seven coastal towns and one city of Bataan province.

The Bataan areas covered by the shellfish ban are the towns of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Orani, Abucay and Samal as well as Balanga City.

In a statement, Atty. Asis G. Perez, BFAR director, said the coastal waters in these areas are now positive of red tide toxin.

As a result, he said that all types of shellfish and “acetes sp. or alamang” harvested from the above-mentioned coastal waters are not safe for human consumption.

“This advisory is based on the results of red tide monitoring of BFAR, wherein shellfish samples collected from the said waters were found positive for red tide toxin as it exceeded the regulatory limit,” Perez added.

However, fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe for human consumption provided they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and their internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking, he explained.

He assured that BFAR, in coordination with the local government units, will continuously monitor the coastal waters of the said provinces to safeguard public health and protect the fishery industry.

The consuming public is also advised to wait for further notice provided by BFAR before they can eat, gather, transport, and market shellfish from the areas mentioned.