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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012


Matarinao Bay continues to be positive of red tide toxic organisms

by Neil D. Lopido

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Jan 12 (PIA) - Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar which covers the waters of Quinapondan, Gen. MacArthur, and Hernani continue to be positive of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning that is beyond the regulatory limit based on the latest laboratory results for this year dated January 6 from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-8.

Earlier news reveal that shellfish ban for Matarinao Bay took effect from March 16, 2010 to March 3, 2011 and recurred on August 21, 2011 until December 26, 2011, and BFAR-8 suspects that small-scale mining has something to do with the recurrence of red tide phenomenon in the area.

Director Jaun D. Albaladejo advises the public to refrain from eating, gathering, harvesting, transporting, and marketing shellfish from these areas until such time that the shellfish toxicity level has gone down below the regulatory level.

He said that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang from these areas are not safe for eating; however, fish, squid, shrimps, and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and the internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

On the other hand, Albaladejo said that the coastal areas which are free from toxic red tide organisms include the areas along (Ormoc City, Albuera and Merida, Leyte); Biliran Waters (Naval and Kawayan, Biliran); Camotes Sea (Palompon, Leyte); San Pedro Bay (Palo and Tanauan, Leyte); Villareal Bay (Villareal, Samar); Maqueda Bay (Jiabong and Catbalogan Samar); Irong-irong Bay (Tarangnan, Samar); Cancabato Bay (Tacloban City); Sogod Bay (Sogod, So. Leyte); Carigara Bay (Carigara, San Miguel, Barugo, and Capoocan, Leyte) and Calbayog Waters (Calbayog, Samar).

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