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Shellfish ban lifted in Region 8, still imposed in 5 areas of RP

Tacloban City (May 2) -- Although shellfish ban in the waters of Region 8 has already been lifted, it is still being imposed in five other areas of the country.

This information is contained in the Shellfish Bulletin No, 8 series of 2007 issued by Atty. Benjamin Felipe S. Tabios, Jr., the officer in charge of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

According to Atty. Tabios, based on the latest laboratory results of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and local government units, shellfish ban is still imposed in the coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate; Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon City, Sorsogon; and Bislig Bay in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur.

Moreover, the coastal waters of Wawa, Bani in Pangasinan, is now positive for red tide toxin, Atty. Tabios said.

In the mentioned areas, all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered are not safe for human consumption, Atty. Tabios said.

The shellfish producers in these affected areas are not allowed to harvest much less to sell shellfish products.

The public is warned from buying and eating shellfish products from the five areas where shell fish ban is being imposed, in order to avoid unnecessary lost of lives and damage to health.

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.

Atty. Tabios, further assured the public that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources continues to monitor the affected areas and the other bodies of water in the country. (PIA 8) [top]

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