BICOL, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Bicol has announced that the waters of Asid Gulf in Milagros, Masbate is positive for red tide toxin.
All types of shellfish and acetes sp or alamang gathered in this area contain high levels of paralytic shellfish poison that are beyond the regulatory limit, making them unsafe for human consumption.
“Last ng mag-conduct kami ng routinary inspection and sampling, nagpositive po iyong tubig pero iyong tahong sample hindi pa siya (The last time we conducted routinary inspection and sampling, the water was positive but the mussels were not at that time),” said BFAR Masbate OIC Diomedes Ballebar.
“Nagsecond confirmatory sampling and nung second result na lumabas noong Friday both na po iyong tahong at tubig is positive sa red tide toxin (We did a second sampling on Friday which showed the water and the shellfish being positive for red tide toxin),” he added.
Meanwhile, the BFAR said that other marine animals like fish, crabs and squid in the area remain safe for consumption provided that they are cleaned well and their internal organs removed before being cooked properly.
BFAR Bicol together with the local government unit is constantly monitoring the situation in the area for the protection of the community and Milagros’ shellfish industry.
Based on the latest laboratory results of BFAR and the local government units (LGUs), shellfish collected from coastal waters of the following areas are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit:
Surigao del Sur
The agency reminds residents that “all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption.”
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 4A has reported that around 800 metric tons of fish died in Laguna Lake last week in the areas of Pililia and Binangonan, Rizal.
Region 4A Director Sammy Malvas clarified that the fish kill was due to the lowering of dissolved oxygen in the water and not because of any virus outbreak as some reports said.
“Kalimitan ang cause nyan ay iyong pabago-bagong weather condition natin. Halimbawa ay mainit sa araw tapos bandang hapon ay biglang bubuhos ang malakas na ulan, nagko-cause iyon ng pagbaba ng lebel ng dissolved oxygen, (Usually, the cause is the changing weather conditions. For example, the sun is up in the morning then in the afternoon, we have thunderstorms, that causes reduction in level of dissolved oxygen),” Malvas explained.
One of the viruses that can infect tilapya is the so-called ‘tilapia lake virus’ (TLV), a case of which was recorded three years ago in Bulacan.
There has been no recurrence of such incident so far according to Malvas, as they also conduct strict laboratory testing of fish seed samples before transporting them to other places.
“Nag-i-issue kasi tayo ng health certificate para doon sa transboundary movement ng mga buhay na semilya (We issue health certificates for transboundary movement of live fish seedlings),” Malvas said.
The supply of tilapia at the Balintawak Market comes from Pampanga and Batangas and there has been no price increase.
BFAR assured that fish supplies in the market are safe to eat provided they are thoroughly cooked. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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