Alaminos, Bani shellfish banned due to red tide

ALAMINOS CITY— The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has determined that in addition to Alaminos Cty, the coastal town of Bani is also found to be positive of red tide toxin.

This finding was contained in Shellfish Bulletin No. 27, series of 2014 dated Oct. 30 signed by BFAR National Director Asis Perez.

Nestor Domenden, BFAR regional director said “shellfish samples collected from the waters of Alaminos were found still positive for red tide toxin.”

As a precautionary measure, concerned local government units have been advised to require market inspectors, quarantine officers, administrators to demand for “Auxiliary Invoice” or clearance for Domestic Fish Movement from transporters/dealers of fish and seashells that are unloaded from other provinces/municipalities to ensure that said commodities did not come from areas found positive of paralytic shellfish poisoning.

Meanwhile, the Dagupan City Agriculture Office said it will continue to reject all shellfishes coming Alaminos Cty and Bani.

The city government will strictly require market inspectors, quarantine officers and administrators to demand “auxiliary invoice” or clearance for Domestic Fish Movement (DFM) from transporters/dealers of fish and seashells that are unloaded from other provinces/municipalities to protect the public. ((Tita Roces)

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