DAGUPAN CITY — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources -Region I (BFAR-1) advised the public to refrain from eating shellfish gathered from Anda and Bolinao, Pangasinan as coastal waters in these areas are now positive of red tide toxin.
BFAR Regional Director Nestor Domenden said in a statement that all types of shellfish and acetes sp. or “alamang” harvested from the two towns are not safe for human consumption.
“This advisory is based on the results of red tide monitoring of BFAR, wherein shellfish samples collected from the waters of Bolinao and Anda were found positive for red tide toxin as it exceeded the regulatory limit of 60 micrograms per 100 grams of shellfish meat,” he said.
However, fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs 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, added Domenden.
BFAR, in coordination with the local government units, will continuously monitor the coastal waters of Anda and Bolinao to safeguard public health and protect the fishery industry.
The consuming public is also advised to wait for further notice provided by BFAR before they can eat, gather, transport, and market shellfish from the area.
Meanwhile, BFAR said that the coastal waters of Alaminos City and Barangay Wawa in Bani town continue to be free from toxic red tide. (April Montes, PIA 1 Pangasinan)