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Shellfish ban now imposed on 8 coastal waters of RP due to toxic red tide

Tacloban City (September 26) -- Through Shellfish Bulletin No. 22 dated September 21, 2007, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director General Malcolm Sarmiento, Jr. informed that shellfish ban is now being imposed in eight coastal waters of the Philippines.

Director Sarmiento named the areas where shellfish ban is being imposed as the coastal waters of Milagros and Mandaon in Masbate; Juag Lagoon in Matnog and Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; Bislig Bay in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; Dumanquillas Bayin Zamboanga del Sur and Carigara Bay in Leyte.

These areas have been found to be infested with the toxic red tide, thus, to avoid Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, the public is advised to refrain from eating, gathering or harvesting, transporting and marketing shellfish from said affected areas until such time that the shellfish toxicity level has gone down below the regulatory level.

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

He called on the people in these areas to heed the advise in order to safeguard their health.

Further, most of the coastal areas in the country are free from toxic red tides, Director Sarmiento emphasized.

The free from toxic red tide areas are the coastal waters of Cavite, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Navotas, Bulacan and Bataan in Manila Bay; coastal waters of Bolinao, Anda, Alaminos and Wawa in Bani, Pangasinan; the coastal waters of Masinloc and Palauig in Zambales; and the Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa and Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan.

In the Visayas, free from toxic red tide are the coastal waters of Hinigaran, Talisay City, Bacolod City, Victorias City, E.B. Magalona, Pontevedra, Valladolid, San Enrique and Polopandan in Negros Occidental; the coastal waters of Siaton in Negros Oriental; Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City; Leyte, Ormoc and San Pedro Bays in Leyte; Biliran Waters in Biliran Province; Maqueda, Villareal and Irong-irong Bays in Samar.

In Mindanao, free from toxic red tide are the coastal waters of Kabansalan in Sibuguey Bay, Zamboanga Sigugay; Hinatuan and Llanga Bays in Surigao del Sur; Taguines Lagoon in Camiguin Island; and Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental. (PIA 8) [top]

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