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BFAR imposes shellfish ban on Carigara Bay in Leyte

Tacloban City (September 26) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Director General Malcolm Sarmiento, Jr. through Shellfish Advisory No. 16 dated September 21, 2007, advised the public to refrain from eating, gathering or harvesting, transporting and marketing shellfish from Carigara Bay to avoid paralytic shellfish poisoning.

Director Sarmiento said that based on the results of red tide monitoring activities of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist of Leyte, shellfish collected from Carigara Bay in Leyte, is positive for the red tide toxin. Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning toxin level in the shellfish sample collected from the said area is 60 micrograms saxitoxin equivalent /100 grams of shellfish meat.

The shellfish ban will be imposed until such time that the shellfish toxicity level has gone down below regulatory level of 40 micrograms saxitoxin equivalent/100 grams of shellfish meat.

Director Sarmiento, likewise, informed the public that fish harvested from the same areas are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and their internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before eating.

He further instructed the Office of the Leyte Provincial Agriculturist, to continuously monitor Carigara Bay in Leyte to safeguard public health and to protect the fishery industry.

Meanwhile, BFAR Regional Director Ernesto Hilvano, in his communication received on September 25, informed that the coastal areas of Carigara Bay in the municipalities of Babatngon, San Miguel, Barugo, Carigara, Capoocan and Leyte, all in the province of Leyte are under shellfish ban.

It would be recalled that earlier news stated that 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. (PIA 8) [top]

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