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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012

Gov. Ramiro reiterates BFAR warning of presence of red tide toxin in Murcielagos Bay

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, Jan. 13 (PIA) – Governor Herminia Ramiro has reiterated the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warning that all types of shellfish from Murcielagos Bay, continues to be unsafe for human consumption.

The BFAR warning includes “alamang” or minute shrimps, commonly called “uyap” or “uyabang.”

The same warning was issued by BFAR, last November, after shellfish gathered from the bay, located between Misamis Occidental and Zamboanga del Norte, tested positive of the red tide toxin.

Hence, to prevent any case of food poisoning due to the toxic red tide, the public is again advised “not to harvest,” “not to eat,” “not to sell” and “not to buy them,” the Governor said.

Published in BFAR’s Shellfish Bulletin No. 1, series of 2012, the warning came out after the latest laboratory results show that the shellfish collected in the area have been found positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

The Governor, also reminds the public to follow BFAR’s advice that fish, squids, shrimps and crabs gathered from the area are safe to eat, provided they are fresh and washed thoroughly and their internal organs, such as, gills and intestines, are removed before cooking.

Also unsafe to eat, the BFAR said, are the shellfish collected from Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar and Masinloc Bay in Zambales.

Meanwhile, BFAR said coastal waters of Taguines Lagoon in Benoni, Mahinog, Camiguin Island, have been found to be free from toxic red tide, therefore, the shellfish gathered from the areas are safe to eat. (PIA-10 Mis.Occ.)

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