BALANGA City, Bataan: The ban on the harvesting, transporting, selling and eating of shell- fish has not been lifted and remains in effect in Bataan, the provincial agriculture office in Balanga City announced on Tuesday.
Provincial agriculturist Imel–da Inieto said the ban—first imposed by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on November 5, 2013 due to the red tide—is still being raised in the towns of Orani, Samal, Abucay, Pilar, Orion, Limay, Mariveles and the city of Balanga.
Results of the latest laboratory test on shellfish samples taken from Bataan released by BFAR showed a toxin level of 120 unit grams Saxo Toxin per 100 grams of shellfish meat as compared to the tolerable limit of 60 ugSTX/100g shellfish meat.
“Bagama’t napakahirap para sa mga nasa shellfish industry, sana makipagtulungan pa rin na huwag munang mag-harvest, magtinda at kumain ng shellfish dito sa Bataan,” Inieto appealed.
However, she said that the toxicity level of shellfish samples showed a decreasing pattern. From 347 ug STX/100g shellfish meat last February 27, 2014, the latest figure is down to 120, the agriculturist said.
At the Balanga City public market, crabs were found on one of the stalls that used to sell shellfish.