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PIA Press Release
2007/09/28

Cancabato Bay shows increase in red tide-causing organism

Tacloban City (September 28) -- The result of the latest laboratory analysis of shellfish samples from Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City showed an increase in cell density of the pyrodinium bahamense var. compressum or the toxic red tide causing organism.

This was learned from Acting Provincial Agriculturist Rogelio Potula based on the report of Ms. Imelda Sievert, the team leader of the Red Tide Monitoring in the province of Leyte.

Mr. Portula said that he has already communicated the same to Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla who is always furnished a copy of the latest laboratory analysis of the Red Tide Monitoring Team in the Province of Leyte.

The result of the laboratory result on the sample taken from Cancabato Bay in the area of the Fishermen's Vilage, is that which yielded an increased density of cells which is 36 from the previous 16 on September 12, Mr. Portula said.

The Red Tide Monitoring Team has intensified their surveillance and monitoring on Cancabato Bay in order to safeguard the health of the people, Mr. Portula said.

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.

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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