Monday, May 15, 2017

BFAR lifts 'red-tide' alarm
in Tagbilaran, Dauis bays 

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 12, (PIA)--Tagbilaranons homing for the fiesta and the irresistible kinilaw kuja in Cainget can finally have their wishes ticked. 

A raw oyster sashimi dipped in vinegar and ginger, eaten with boiled sweet potatoes have becone synonymous to the Cainget gustatory exploits as is the tuba. 

But the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has since draped the shellfish gathering and harvesting ban since June of 2015 after some 12 people who partook of shellfish gathered in Dauis and Tagbilaran proved to be positive of red tide toxins. 

Then, the BFAR immediately coordinated with the City Government and nearby towns to put in market denials for shellfish products, severely affecting the livelihood of families whose main incomes come from shell gathering and trading. 

Recently however, after almost two years, the BFAR along with the Tagbilaran City shellfish monitoring team have found that the new samples collected from the coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City are now negative of the red-tide toxin. 

The negative results of paralytic shellfish poison here have been so far noticed to be consistent since the three consecutive weeks they have been gathering shellfish samples from the indicated areas, BFAR Undersecretary for Fisheries Director Eduardo Gongona said. 

Through BFAR Shellfish Advisory Number 19, series of 2017, Usec Gonzaga has said that the shellfish that can be harvested from the coastal waters of the towns of Dauis and Tagbilaran City are now safe for human consumption. 

With the advisory, the BFAR has also lifted the ban on gathering or harvesting and marketing shellfishes from the mentioned areas. 

And in Advisory Number 16, issued May 10, Usec Gongona also bared that the coastal waters of Cavite, Las Piñas, Panarañaque, Navtas, Bulacan, Bataan including mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal in Manila Bay, coastla waters of Alaminos, Sual, Wawa, Bani in pangasinan, Masinloc Bay in Zambales, coastal waters of Milagros and Mandaoan in Masbate, Juag Lagoon in Matnog angd Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon, Honda and Puerto bays in Puerto Princesa, Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay Palawan remain free from toxic red tide. 

Also testing negative of the paralytic shellfish poisoning are samples from the coastal waters of Gigantes Islands in Carles, Iloilo, coastal waters of Pilar Panay, President Roxas, Roxas city in Capiz and Sapian Bay , Altavas, Bataan and New Washington in Batan Bay Aklan. 

Also negative for shellfish poisoning are bays in Matarinao Eastern Samar,Cambatutray, Maqueda, Irong-irong, Villareal bays and Daram Island in Western samar, san pedro, Carigara and cancabato Bays in Tacloban, coastal waters of Calubian and Leyte in Leyte, coastal waters of Biliran province, Damanquilas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Tantanang Bay in Zamboanga Sibugay, Murciliagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis occidental, Taguines Lagoon in Binoni, Mahinog Camiguin Island, Balite Bay in Mati Davao Oriental and Hinatu-an Bislig and Lianga Bays in Surigao. 

This time, only the coastal waters of Bolinao and Anda in Pangasinan are still positive of paralytic shellfish poisoning beyond the regulated limit that the BFAR imposes a ban on harvesting, selling, buying and eating shellfish. 

Fish consumption however maybe allowed in areas where red tide poison prevails as long as the entrails are extracted and the meat is washed in running water. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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