BFAR warns of shellfish, red tide poisoning in coastal waters across PH

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020   •   475

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warned against consumption of shellfish from coastal waters in several parts of the country due to contamination.

Based on the agency’s latest laboratory results in coordination with the local government units, shellfish collected in the following areas are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit:

Luzon

  • Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay and Samal);
  • Honda and Puerto Princesa Bays in Puerto Princesa City and Coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound
  • Taytay in Palawan; 
  • Coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate; 

Visayas

  • Coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; 
  • Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental; 
  • Coastal Waters of Daram Island, Zumarraga, Irong-irong, San Pedro, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Western Samar; 
  • Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City and Carigara Bay in Leyte; 
  • Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; 

Mindanao

  • Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental; 
  • Lianga Bay and Coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur; 
  • Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur

Moreover, Bislig Bay in Surigao del Sur is also positive for red tide toxin.

Thus, all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption, the BFAR said.

However, other marine produce such as fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe to eat provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and all internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

Red tide alert raised over 10 areas in PH – BFAR

Robie de Guzman   •   March 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Thursday warned the public against collecting and eating shellfish gathered from 10 coastal areas in the country due to red tide toxins.

In its Shellfish Bulletin No. 6 dated March 10, BFAR said its latest laboratory tests on shellfishes collected from several coastal waters in various parts of the Visayas and Mindanao indicated positive results for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

These coastal areas include:

  • Coastal Waters of Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan
  • Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon
  • Coastal Waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol
  • Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental
  • Coastal Waters of Calubian, and Cancato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte
  • Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur
  • Murcielagos Bay (Sapang Dalaga and Baliangao) and Coastal Waters of Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental
  • Taguines Lagoon, Benoni, Mahinog in Camiguin
  • Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental
  • Lianga Bay and Coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur

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BFAR said that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the areas mentioned are not safe for human consumption.

On the other hand, fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe for human consumption, provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking, it added.

BFAR warns of shellfish poisoning in 20 coastal areas across PH

Marje Pelayo   •   February 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has issued a warning against consumption of shellfish gathered from 20 coastal areas across the country.

Based on latest laboratory results, shellfish collected from the following coastal waters are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit:

  • Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan; 
  • Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; 
  • Coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; 
  • Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental; 
  • Coastal waters of Daram Island, Zumarraga, 
  • San Pedro and Cambatutay Bays in Western Samar; 
  • Coastal waters of Calubian, Leyte, Carigara Bay, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte; 
  • Coastal waters of Biliran Islands; 
  • Coastal waters of Guiuan and Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; 
  • Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; 
  • Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental; 
  • Lianga Bay and Coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur. 

Meanwhile, Ormoc Bay in Leyte is now positive for red tide toxin, the BFAR said.

Thus, the agency warned that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption. 

However, other seafoods like fish, squids, shrimps, crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

DA to subsidize hog shipments to Metro Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   February 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — One of the interventions that the Department of Agriculture (DA) is planning on carrying out to minimize the cost of transporting hogs to Metro Manila is to provide for the logistics.

Assistant Secretary Kristine Evangelista said they will use the vessels owned by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to transport hogs from Mindanao and Visayas free of charge.

In the past weeks, the price of pork has exceeded P400 per kilogram which the DA suspects is due to the price manipulation of some traders and wholesalers.

“Kaya natin aakuin ang logistic, ang transport para mabawasan ang cost while we are also trying to address the other costs na na-experience ng ating mga hog raisers,” explained DA Assistant Secretary Kristine Evangelista. 

The Department will implement the price freeze on February 8 pursuant to the Executive Order 124 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (February 1).

In the meantime, the DA said they will allow retailers to dispose current stocks which they bought at a higher price.

Based on the price freeze, the ceiling for pork should not exceed P300 per kilogram and P160 per kilogram for chicken.

“So dito papasok iyong grace period natin to give them enough time to adjust and they gave us the reassurance na talagang mag-adjust sila ng presyo at makikipag tulungan sila sa atin,” Evangelista assured. 

Laban Konsyumer Atty. Vic Dimagiba on the other hand believes that their pork holiday campaign will be more effective in decreasing pork prices if vendors will join them. 

“So maganda ito. Dalawang grupo ng sektor ng industriya would like to exercise their market power with one objective. Ang objective lang naman niyan is to ensure na ang mga consumer ay may access sa basic goods at reasonable prices,” he said.

On Monday (February 8), top officials of the DA and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) along with some members of Congress are set for a market visit. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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