DAGUPAN CITY — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the Ilocos advised the public against eating shellfishes from the coastal waters in the towns of Bolinao and Anda as shellfish samples collected from these areas proved positive for red tide toxin.
Shellfish Advisory No. 01 dated April 26 and signed by BFAR Regional Director Lilibeth Signey stated that paralytic shellfish poison toxin level in samples collected from the said areas ranges from 108-117 ugSTXeq/100g of shellfish meat.
To avoid paralytic shellfish poisoning, the public is advised to refrain from eating, gathering or harvesting, transporting and marketing shellfish such as oysters, mussels and “alamang” (acetes shrimps) from the said towns until such time that the shellfish toxicity level has gone down below the regulatory limit.
The advisory also stated that fish harvested from the said areas are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and their internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.
The agency gave assurance that it is continuously monitoring the waters of Bolinao and Anda to protect the public and the fishery industry.