LINGAYEN–The coastal waters of Pangasinan continue to remain free from red tide toxin.
This was latest advisory from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) citing in particular that the shellfish coming from western Pangasinan, particularly the coastal towns of Bolinao, Anda, Alaminos, Sual, Wawa, and Bani, are safe for human consumption.
Shellfish Bulletin No. 03, issued by BFAR on February 3, says that laboratory analysis conducted by the agency indicate the absence of red tide toxin in the area.
At the same time, BFAR advised the concerned local government units to require their market inspectors, quarantine officers, and administrators to demand an ‘Auxiliary Invoice’ or clearance for Domestic Fish Movement from traders for any fish and seashells that are unloaded from other provinces and municipalities as a precautionary measure.
BFAR Regional Director Nestor Domenden said this will ensure that seashells brought into the markets did not come from areas positive for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP).
The same bulletin said that shellfish collected from Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar, Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental, Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon, and Bislig Bay in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur are still positive for PSP.