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PIA Press Release
2009/10/21

BFAR hoists shellfish ban in still unsafe waters

Pili, Camarines Sur (21 October) -- Latest laboratory results of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and local government units (LGUs), has revealed that shellfish collected at Sorsogon Bay and Juag Lagoon in Matnog, Sorsogon remain positive of the red tide toxin or unsafe for human consumption.

Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Bislig Bay in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur and Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City, Leyte are also still found out 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.

BFAR warned that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the abovementioned areas are NOT SAFE for human consumption.

BFAR added that 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 Piñas, Parañaque, Navotas, Bulacan and Bataan in Manila Bay; coastal waters of Alaminos, Anda, Bolinao and Wawa; Bahi 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; Hinatuan and Lianga Bays in Surigao del Sur; Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental; and coastal waters of Kabasalan in Sibuguey Bay, Zamboanga Sibugay. (BFAR V/PIA) [top]

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