Tons of mackerel tuna swim ashore in Romblon

Marje Pelayo   •   January 17, 2020   •   4599

ROMBLON, Philippines – Tons of mackerel tuna (tulingan) surfaced along the coastline of Barangay Sawang in the town of Romblon on Friday (January 17), prompting cheers of excitement from residents.

According to the uploader of the viral video, they have been observing hundreds of fish swimming near the shoreline since Thursday.

It was not the first time that such a phenomenon happened in the area, though the most recent was many years ago, one resident said.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), meanwhile, said they are still verifying the cause of the incident though the agency explained that fish usually appear near the beach if they find something to feed on.

12 areas positive for red tide toxin, BFAR warns

Robie de Guzman   •   December 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Wednesday issued a red tide warning after shellfishes collected in 12 areas in the country were found positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

In an advisory, BFAR said that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the following areas are not safe for human consumption:

  • Honda and Puerto Princesa Bays in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan
  • Coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate
  • Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon
  • Coastal waters of Daius and Tagbilaran City in Bohol
  • Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental
  • Coastal waters of Zumarraga in Western Samar
  • Coastal waters of Calubian, Leyte, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte
  • Coastal waters of Biliran Islands
  • Coastal waters of Guiuan in Eastern Samar
  • Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental
  • Lianga Bay and coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur
  • Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur

“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,” BFAR said.

The agency also reported that the coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan was also found positive for red tide toxin.

On the other hand, coastal waters of Bataan; coastal waters of Daram Island, Cambatutay, Irong-irong, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Western Samar; and Carigara Bay in Leyte are now free of the toxic red tides.

Undocumented fish imports seized in Malabon City

Marje Pelayo   •   December 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 467 boxes of imported fish of different species were seized from two dealers during a recent market denial operation in Malabon City.

In a report published on Wednesday (December 2), the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) said the illegal packages were seized by the agency’s team of law enforcers and fisheries inspectors in an operation held on Monday (November 30).

The operation is in line with the directives from BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona to intensify efforts against illegal importation.

According to the report, one of the fish dealers was unable to present the necessary importation documents of fish intended for wet markets when asked by authorities.

The required documents include Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Certificate, delivery receipts, and transport clearance, without which is a violation of Sec. 105 or unlawful importation and exportation of fish or fishery species of Republic Act (RA) 8550, as amended by RA 10654 and in relation to FAO 195. 

Meanwhile, the delivery receipt presented by the second dealer does not match the delivery receipt being issued by the alleged importing company, as per verification with the importer.

Notices of Violation for the filing of administrative cases were already issued to the dealers of imported fish. 

The seized items, which include boxes of galunggong, mackerel, squid, yellow tail salmon, and moonfish, are kept in a storage facility under the custody of the apprehending team.

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

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020

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.

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