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Shellfish ban still up along Irong-Irong bay in Catbalogan, Tarangnan town

Tacloban City (October 29) -- Shell fish ban is still being imposed along Irong-Irong Bay in Old Mahayag, Catbalogan and in the municipal waters of Tarangnan, Samar.

The warning was issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office 8 Director Ernesto Hilvano who called on the shellfish producers, vendors and the local residents to heed the warning in order to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.

Director Hilvano said that the latest laboratory results on plankton analysis on toxic dinoflagellates in sea water samples and mouse bio-assay examination of shellmeat samples collected from Irong-Irong Bay in the Southeastern part of Samar Sea particularly at Darajuay, Buri and the municipal water of Tarangnan, Samar showed positive presence of toxic red tide.

Director Hilvano said that the areas still affected with toxic red tide are in the grid 3 and grid 4 stations. There are five grids where the Samar Provincial Red Tide Monitoring Team regularly monitors and tests on their status of red tide, Director Hilvano added.

For these areas which are positive of toxic red tide, Director Hilvano said that harvesting and trading much less eating of shellfish like tahong, are prohibited or banned.

Fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and internal organs are removed before cooking, Director Hilvano informed.

In the areas of Samar that are free from toxic red tide, Director Hilvano said, that harvesting and trading and eating of shellfish such as tahong is allowed.

These include Villareal Bay, south of Maqueda Bay which covers the waters of Lamingao, Villareal and Calbiga; Maqueda Bay which covers the waters of Jiabong, Basiao, Catbalogan, San Sebastian and Majaba; and Samar Sea which covers the Zumarraga Channel. (PIA 8) [top]

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