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PIA Press Release
2009/10/08

BFAR retains shellfish ban for redtide-positive waters

Butuan City (8 October) -- Based on the latest laboratory results of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Local Government Units (LGUs), shellfish collected at Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Sorsogon Bay and Juag Lagoon in Matnog, Sorsogon; Bislig Bay in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur and Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City, Leyte are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

Furthermore, Murcielagos Bay, in Zamboanga del Norte is now positive for red tide toxin.

All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the areas as shown above are not safe for human consumption. Fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

The following areas continue to be free from toxic red tides: coastal waters of Cavite, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Navotas, Bulacan and bataan in Manila Bay; coastal waters of Alaminos, Anda, Bolinao and Wawa, Bani in pangasinan; Masinloc Bay in Zambales; coastal waters of Milagros and mandaon in Masbate; Inner Malampaya sound in Taytay and Honda Bay in palawan; coastal waters of Pilar; President Roxas, Pontevedra, Panay, Roxas City, Ivisan and Sapian in Capiz; coastal waters of Pontevedra, in Negros occidental; Irong-irong, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Samar; Ormoc, San Pedro and Carigara Bays in Leyte; Biliran waters in Biliran Province; Hintuan and Linaga Bays in Surigao del Sur; Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental; and coastal waters of Kabasalian in Sibuguey Bay, Zamboanga Sibugay. (BFAR-Caraga) [top]

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