Red tide alert: Bataan folk warned not to eat shellfish
Eating shellfish caught in the coastal waters of Bataan province is banned for the time being due to red tide, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said in an advisory on Monday.
Latest laboratory results from BFAR showed that shellfish samples collected from Bataan’s waters tested positive for the paralytic shellfish poison.
“The public is advised to refrain from eating, gathering or harvesting, transporting and marketing shellfish from the coastal waters of Bataan until such time that the toxicity level has gone below the regulatory limit,” BFAR officer-in-charge Juan Albaladejo said in the advisory.
Shellfish samples collected in the coastal waters of Bataan registered 451.41 unit grams of saxotoxin per 100 grams of shellfish meat, beyond the regulatory limit of 60 unit grams of Saxotoxin per 100 grams, the results showed.
Covered by the shellfish ban are the towns of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay, Samal, and Balanga City.
Fish harvested in those areas are safe for human consumption provided they are fresh and washed thoroughly and their internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking, BFAR said.
Officials said BFAR and the Bataan local government would continue monitoring the affected areas to safeguard public health and protect the fishery industry.
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