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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 09, 2012


Mati still red tide free-BFAR

by Mai Gevera-Macapagat

DAVAO CITY, Jan 9 (PIA) - In a latest shellfish bulletin released by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental continues to be free from toxic red tides despite isolated cases in some bays in the country where paralytic shellfish poison was found.

Other areas found safe to eat all types of shellfish are Cavite , Las Pinas, Navotas, Paranaque , Navotas and Bulacan in Manila Bay . It also includes Pangasinan, Masbate, Sorsogon, Puerto Princesa City , Panay, Roxas City , Capiz, Negros Occidental, Samar, Leyte, Surigao del Sur, and Camiguin Island .

However, identified areas positive for paralytic shellfish poison are the Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Murdelagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Oriental, Masinloc Bay in Zambales, Bataan coastal waters, and Maturinao Bay in Eastern Samal.

The BFAR stressed that all types of shellfish and Acetes gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption.

Some seafoods like fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking. (Mai Gevera-Macapagat with PR)

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