Red tide alert still up in parts of Visayas, Mindanao – BFAR

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2021   •   423

MANILA, Philippines – Several coastal areas in the country remain positive for paralytic shellfish poison or toxic red tide that is beyond the regulatory limit, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said Friday.

In its latest bulletin, the BFAR said that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the following coastal areas are not safe for human consumption based on the latest laboratory results:

• Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol
• Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur
• Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur
• Villareal, Cambatutay, and San Pedro Bay in Western Samar
• Carigara Bay and coastal waters of Leyte in Leyte
• Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar

The BFAR reminded the public that 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.

Alamin: Mga dapat gawin kapag kinapitan ng dikya o nakalalasong ‘box jellyfish’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Salabay, dikya o box jellyfish ang tawag sa kumapit sa pitong taong gulang na batang namatay kamakailan sa Del Gallego, Camarines Sur.

Lumalaki ang mga ito na kasing laki ng bola ng basketball pero hindi basta makikita dahil transparent ang anyo.

Ayon sa Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 5, dumarami ang populasyon ng jellyfish na ito sa mga baybayin kapag tag-araw na siyang panahon ng kanilang pagpaparami.

Kung anong lambot ng katawan nito ay siya namang bagsik ng lason na nasa mga galamay dahil sa loob lamang ng 15 minuto ay maaaring mamatay ang biktima kung hindi agad maaagapan.

“Ang unang naaapektuhan talaga yung ating respiratory system at saka sa blood vessels na din natin. Kung titingnan natin doon sa mga causes na inilalagay sa death certificate ng mga namamatay out of box jellyfish, ang usual na nakalagay doon ay anaphylactic shock o kaya anaphylaxis,” ani Nonie Enolva, ang spokesperson ng BFAR-Region 5.

Ano-ano ang mga dapat gawin kapag nakapitan ng box jellyfish?

Una, buhusan ng suka ang naapektuhang bahagi ng katawan.

Ikalawa, huwag didiinan o lalagyan ng pressure para maiwasang sumiksik sa balat ang lason.

Ikatlo, agad na itakbo sa pinakamalapit na health facility ang pasyente para malapatan ng karampatang lunas.

“Iyong nangyari nga doon sa latest na victim ng box jellyfish parang mas nadagdagan pa yun ng pressure sa paraan ng pagkuskos ng buhangin doon sa affected body parts niya. So baka po nakapagpalala iyon or baka nakapag-release pa ng mas maraming lason,” pahayag ng opisyal.

Ayon sa BFAR, mas makabubuti kung magsusuot ng proteksyon ang mga nais mag-swimming gaya ng leggings, jogging pants o rash guard sa mga baybayin.

Para naman sa mga resort owner, maaring maglagay ng net para hindi makapasok ang mga dikya sa lugar ng paliguan. MNP (sa ulat ni Rey Pelayo)

PNP to support PCG, BFAR patrols in West Philippine Sea — Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police Maritime Group (PNP-MG) has been tapped to assist the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in their ongoing maritime patrols in the West Philippine Sea, police chief General Guillermo Eleazar said.

“The PNP, specifically the Maritime Group, is ready to provide assistance and augment personnel from the PCG and BFAR in enforcing maritime laws on the West Philippine Sea and our Exclusive Economic Zone,” Eleazar said in a statement on Thursday.

“Despite our limitations when it comes to resources, we will make sure that it will not discourage and prevent us from asserting and fighting for what is ours,” he added.

The National Task Force on the West Philippine Sea on Wednesday said the PNP-MG will deploy four high-speed tactical watercraft, three police gunboats, and police fast boats to patrol the municipal waters and portions of the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea.

The assets will be deployed to police maritime units mostly in Palawan province.

Personnel of the PNP-MG who will be posted at the Municipality of Kalayaan will depart on May 15.

Eleazar said the PNP continues to consult with the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea, the PCG, and BFAR to determine the PNP-MG’s specific role and participation in maritime patrols.

“Patuloy po ang koordinasyon natin sa mga ahensyang ito dahil sila ang mas nakakaalam ng sitwasyon sa West Philippine Sea,” he said.

18 coastal areas in PH high in red tide toxin — BFAR

Marje Pelayo   •   May 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) announced high toxicity levels in the waters of 18 coastal areas in the Philippines.

The agency said, water samples obtained from these areas were found to be positive for paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) or toxic red tide in the latest laboratory results of BFAR and the local government units announced on May 8.

These areas include:

Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan;
Coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol;
Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental;
Coastal waters of Calubian in Leyte;
Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental;
Lianga and Bislig Bays, and coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.
Coastal waters of Daram Island, and Zumarraga, Cambatutay and Villareal Bays in Western Samar;
Coastal waters of Leyte, Carigara and Ormoc Bays, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte;
Coastal waters of Biliran Islands;
Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte

BFAR warned that all types of shellfish and Acetes (alamang) from the areas are not safe for human consumption.

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

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