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PIA Press Release
2007/09/21

Carigara Bay in Leyte tests positive for toxic red tide

Tacloban City (September 21) -- The latest laboratory analysis of seawater from all sampling stations in Carigara Bay, Capoocan, Leyte, conducted on September 20, showed positive of red tide causing organism, Pyrodinium Bahamense var. compressum.

This was revealed by Acting Provincial Agriculturist Rogelio O. Portula based on the report of Imelda G. Sievert, Team Leader of the Red Tide Monitoring Team at the Leyte Marine Biotoxins Testing Center.

Provincial Agriculturist Portula said that shellfish sample from the area, Golden Lip Pearl (masabay) was also positive of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxin at toxicity level of 60 micrograms saxitoxin equivalent /100 grams meat.

This, Mr. Portula said, is above the regulatory limit of 40 micrograms saxitoxin equivalent/100 grams meat.

Mr. Portula said that the Provincial Agriculture Office has already advised the municipal government of Capoocan to inform the public to refrain from eating shellfish and acetes sp (alamang or hipon) gathered from the area in the meantime.

Mr. Portula added that the findings of the Provincial Testing Center are now being rechecked at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office 8.

The same report stated that the latest laboratory analysis of seawater and shellfish samples from the Carigara Bay covering Babatngon and Carigara, yielded negative results on red tide causing organisms and shellfish poisoning toxin.

The same negative result has been observed in the latest analysis of samples taken from Cancabato Bay in Tacloban, Camotes Sea in Palompon and San Pedro Bay in Tanauan, all in the province of Leyte. (PIA 8) [top]

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