SHELLFISH ADVISORY | COASTAL WATERS OF BOLINAO AND ANDA IN PANGASINAN: POSITIVE FOR PARALYTICS SHELLFISH POISON
Based on the results of red tide monitoring activities of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Local Government Unit (LGU), shellfish samples collected from coastal waters of Bolinao and Anda in Pangasinan are now positive for the red tide toxin. Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxin level in shellfish sample collected from the said area is 78-90 ugSTXeq/100g of shellfish meat.
Thus, to avoid Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP), the public is advised to refrain from eating, gathering or harvesting, transporting and marketing shellfish from coastal waters of Bolinao and Anda in Pangasinan until such time that the shellfish toxicity level has gone down below the regulatory limit of 60 ugSTXeq/100g of shellfish meat.
The public is also hereby informed that fish harvested from the said area are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and their internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.
The BFAR and LGU are continuously monitoring coastal waters of Bolinao and Anda to safeguard public health and to protect the fishery industry.
*All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the area shown above 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.
-Eduardo B. Gongona, Undersecretary for Fisheries/Director, BFAR