By Kristelle Bechayda
It looks like residents and tourists in some parts of the country will have to refrain from eating shellfish for a while. According to the latest laboratory results from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Local Government Units (LGUs), shellfish samples collected in several areas are “positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.”
The areas listed are: Bataan (Coastal waters of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay, and Samal) and Palawan (Puerto Princesa Bay in Puerto Princesa City) in Luzon. Bohol (Coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City), Samar (Irong-irong, San Pedro, and Silanga Bays in Western Samar, and Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar), and Leyte (Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City) in Visayas. Finally, Surigao del Sur (Lianga Bay) in Mindanao.
On a shellfish bulletin recently issued by BFAR, all types of shellfish from the mentioned areas are banned from being harvested, sold, bought, and consumed. This also includes the acetes shrimp or alamang.
On the other hand, other marine catch such as fish, squid, shrimp, and crab are considered safe for human consumption as long as they are fresh and thoroughly cleaned and washed.
For more information, visit BFAR’s on bfar.da.gov.ph or on Facebook.