BFAR raises alarm on red tide in Bataan

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CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Central Luzon confirms paralytic shellfish poison (PSO) in the coastal areas of Bataan.

Based on the advisory released late afternoon on Monday by Wilfredo Cruz, BFAR director for Region III, latest shellfish samples taken from the coastal areas of Orani, Hermosa, Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Samal and Abucay all in Bataan province have all tested positive PSP that is caused by the algal bloom otherwise known as red tide.

He said that shellfish caught in Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales, and Aurora are still negative for PSP.

Cruz has advised consumers and traders from eating, gathering or harvesting, transporting and marketing shellfish and “alamang” from the said coastal areas of Bataan until such time that the toxicity level has gone below the regulatory limit.

Continuous monitoring of the affected areas is being conducted by the BFAR Region III office to safeguard public health and to protect the fishery industry, Cruz added. (RONDA BALITA Online)

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