By April Montes, PIA-1, Pangasinan
DAGUPAN CITY — Coastal areas in Western Pangasinan remain free from red tide toxin as shown in a recent laboratory analysis conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
Based on the bureau’s shellfish bulletin No. 19 as of August 5, all types of shellfish gathered from the coastal waters of Bolinao, Anda, Alaminos City and barangay Wawa in Bani are safe for human consumption.
BFAR Regional Director Nestor Domenden said fish, squids, shrimps, crabs and seashells like mussels and oysters are safe to eat provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.
Domenden advised all local government units (LGUs) to require market inspectors, quarantine officers and administrators to demand for “Auxiliary Invoice” or clearance for Domestic Fish Movement for any fish and seashells that are unloaded from other cities, municipalities and provinces.
“It is a precautionary measure to ensure that seashells brought in the markets did not come from areas positive of Paralytic Shellfish poisoning (PSP),” he said.
BFAR, in coordination with the LGUs, will continuously monitor coastal waters in the Ilocos Region to safeguard public health and protect the fishery industry, said Domenden.#