Monday, November 21, 2016

Red tide alert up again 
in Dauis, Tagbilaran City

TAGBILARAN CITY, November 21 (PIA)--The coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City has been tested positive again for algae that produces the red tide toxin, according to the regional office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 7 (BFAR-7).

BFAR-7 Regional Director Allan Poquita relayed the advisory to the Bohol media thru BFAR-Bohol Information Officer Nimfa Mesina last Saturday.

The BFAR bulletin issued on Saturday said that the coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City tested for red tide toxin.

The advisory states that gathering and selling shellfish from Dauis and Tagbilaran City sea waters are banned until further notice because they are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

It was only in March this year that the longest red tide alert in the province had been lifted by the bueau.

A similar red tide advisory covering Dauis and Tagbilaran areas, ran from June last year to March this year.

However, BFAR-Bohol continued to warn local governments of Dauis and Tagbilaran City to remain vigilant since then, and continue monitoring the coastal areas to make sure any resurgence of red tide toxins would be promptly acted upon.

By mid-October this year, BFAR-7 already warned Bohol consumers of the possible resurgence of red tide. 

Red tide is the common term for harmful algal blooms, specifically when colonies of algae grow out of control and produce toxic or harmful effects on shellfish and other marine animals. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

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