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CL Coastal Waters Remain Free From Red Tide

02 January 2013, at 12:00am

PHILIPPINES - The coastal waters of Bataan, Bulacan, and Zambales provinces remain free from toxic red tide as of December 20, Shellfish Bulletin No. 29, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) reported.

BFAR Regional Director Remedios Ongtangco said coastal waters of Bulacan and Bataan - towns of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal in Manila Bay; Masinloc Bay in Zambales are free from toxic red tides.

Shellfish from the mentioned areas can now be gathered, harvested, and sold in markets for human consumption.

Meanwhile, shellfishes collected at Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; and Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental, are positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

Ongtangco noted that all types of shellfish and Acetes ap or alamang from the said areas are not safe for human consumption.

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, he added.

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