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PIA Press Release
2009/10/12

Murciellagos Bay found positive for red tide toxin

Dipolog City (12 October) -- Shellfish samples collected from the Murciellagos Bay, which lies in between the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental tested positive for red tide toxin, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Results of laboratory tests conducted by BFAR showed that Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxin level in shellfish samples taken from Murciellagos Bay is 1482-1690 ugSTXeq/100g of shellfish meat. The allowable PSP toxin level in shellfish meat is only 60ugSTXeq/100g.

With this, BFAR has advised the public to refrain from eating, gathering, transporting and marketing shellfish from the bay until the shellfish toxicity level shall have gone down to 60ugSTXeq/100g.

BFAR, however, said the fish harvested from the area are still safe for human consumption provided they are fresh and washed thoroughly with their intestines and gills removed before cooking.

BFAR together with the local government units (LGUs) continues to monitor the coastal waters of Murciellagos Bay to safeguard public health and protect the fishery industry.

Other places in the country where shellfish samples tested positive for red tide toxins are Dumanguillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Sorosogon Bay and Juag Lagoon in Matnog, Sorsogon; Bislig Bay in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; and Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City, Leyte.

On the other hand, the coastal waters and bays said to be free from toxic red tide are Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Navotas, Bulacan and Bataan in Manila Bay; Alaminos, Anda, Bolinao and Wawa in Bani, Pangasinan; Masinloc Bay in Zambales; Milagros and Mandaon in Masbate; Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay and Hodanda Bay in Palawan, Pilar, President Roxas, Pontevvedra, Panay, Roxas City, Ivisan and Saplan in Capiz; Negros Occidental; Irong-irong, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Samar; Ormoc, San Pedro and Cariraga Bays in Leyete; Biliran waters in Biliran Province’s Hinatuan and Lianga Bays in Surigao del Sur; Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental; and Kabasalan in Sibuguey Bay in Zamboanga Sibugay. (BFAR/PIA-ZN) [top]

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