Seafood capital's shellfish declared safe from Red Tide
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (31 October) -- Foreign and domestic tourists, including Capiceņos could still enjoy the good taste of the seafoods from Capiz.
This declaration came after the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist here has announced that the waters of Capiz remain negative of red tide organisms.
According to OPA Aquaculturist Audie Belargo, based on the result of this month's red tide monitoring and analysis, shellfish in Capiz remains safe to eat and is not affected by red tide.
Earlier, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has widened a ban on shellfish, initially imposed in Sorsogon bay earlier this month, to seven more areas in seven provinces throughout the country.
The widening of the area covered by the ban came as two more children died of shellfish poisoning and 12 other persons were hospitalized in Sorsogon City.
In its latest advisory, the BFAR said that the other areas affected by the red tide phenomenon are Juag Lagoon in Matnog, Sorsogon and the coastal waters of Milagros, Masbate; Siaton in Negros Oriental; Dumanquillas Bay, Zamboanga del Sur; Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental; Irong-Irong Bay, Samar; and Bislig Bay in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur.
Belargo said that a regular monthly monitoring is being conducted in the different sampling stations by the Red Tide Monitoring Task Force from the OPA.
These sampling stations are in the coastal waters of Roxas City and the towns of Panay, Ivisan, Sapian, Pilar and President Roxas.
For the past years now, Capiz has been known as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines. (PIA) [top]