Red tide alert raised over Bataan and Pampanga

admin   •   November 28, 2018   •   3174


QUEZON CITY, Philippines — A red tide warning has been raised over the provinces of Bataan and Pampanga after the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) located red tide toxins in shellfish products last Wednesday, November 21.

According to reports, accumulation of marine toxin, saxitoxin, in mollusks found in said areas has reached up to 500 micrograms per 100 grams of meat.

“Ang required lamang po na limit sa Philippine regulatory limits ay 60, kaya medyo mataas, at inaasahan pa po namin baka tataas pa ito. Kaya minabuti na po ng BFAR na i-maintain at ilabas na ang warning sa lalawigan ng Bataan at Pampanga,” said BFAR OIC division chief, Neil Kenneth Catibog.

The Bureau noted that based on their observations, there is a resurgence of red tide in Bataan and Pampanga every November.

“Nakita namin parang nagigig pattern na nga bakit November. Siguro ho sa panahon. Ito yung panahon na nagiging fertile ang katubigan dahil sa tumataas ang nutrient content. Marami hong factors yung alat ng tubig, init ng panahon yung pag-ulan, yung pag-init,” Catibog explained.

At present, harvest and sale of shellfish such as mussels (tahong), clams (halaan), oysters (talaba) and krill (alamang) are strictly prohibited.

Fish may be consumed as long it is cleaned thoroughly and its entrails and gills are removed

Symptoms of red tide poisoning include nausea, numbness or paralysis which could lead to death.

So far, there have been no incidents of red tide poisoning reported.

Meanwhile, the BFAR will provide assistance to affected fishermen.

“Magbibigay ng ibang kagamitan ng pangisda para hindi lang sila mahinto sa kanilang hanapbuhay dahil ang BFAR po talaga naiintidihan namin ang katayuan ng ating mga nagtatahong at nagtatalaba,” Catibog said.

The BFAR said they will only remove the warning over Bataan and Pampanga if shellfish samples collected from affected areas turn out negative of red tide toxins three times in a row. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

BFAR declares shellfish ban in 18 areas

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has announced a shellfish ban in 18 areas due to red tide contamination.

Based on the latest laboratory tests conducted by BFAR and the local government units (LGUs), shellfishes collected in the following areas are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

The infected areas include:

  • coastal waters of Sual in Pangasinan;
  • coastal waters of Pampanga;
  • coastal waters of Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay and Samal);
  • Puerto Princesa Bay,
  • Puerto Princesa City in Palawan;
  • coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol;
  • Irong-irong, San Pedro, and Silanga Bays in Western Samar.

Likewise, Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte is now positive for red tide toxin, the agency said.

Eating toxin-contaminated shellfish can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. After ingestion, the toxin immediately affects the nervous system with symptoms usually occurring within 30 minutes.

Red tide toxin contamination may cause respiratory paralysis and could be fatal.

#RedTidePHShellfish Bulletin No. 21Series of 2019 dated November 15, 2019Based on the latest laboratory results of…

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NWRB to reduce water allocation for irrigation in Bulacan, Pampanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has announced that it will reduce water allocation for irrigation in Bulacan and Pampanga by November.

From the current 30 cubic meters per second, water allocation in farm irrigation in Bulacan and Pampanga will be reduced to 17cms.

NWRB Executive Director Servillo David Jr. said this is part of the measure to manage the water supply in the area.

“Sa tingin po natin by November hindi na po ganoon kalaki ang pangangailangan ng tubig sa irigasyon nandoon sila sa malapit nang mag-ani (We think that by November there’s not much need for a lot of water supply in irrigation because they are nearing the harvest season),” he said.

The NWRB also hopes that the water level in Angat Dam will reach 212 meters in the last two months of this year.

This is to fill the needed water supply in Metro Manila and the irrigation in Bulacan and Pampanga during the summer of next year.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

BFAR: Red tide alert raised in Puerto Princesa, other areas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 17, 2019

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has raised a “red tide” warning in several parts of the country due to reported paralytic shellfish poisoning.

Based on the laboratory results of BFAR, shellfishes collected from the following areas are positive of paralytic shellfish poison:

  1. Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
  2. Coastal Waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City, Bohol
  3. Irong-Irong, San Pedro and Silanga Bays in Western Samar
  4. Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City, Leyte

According to BFAR all types of shellfish gathered in the said areas are not safe to eat.

However, other seafoods like fish, squid, shrimp, and crab are safe for consumption provided they are fresh and were thoroughly cleaned before cooking.—AAC


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