Red tide prevails over Negros Occ

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BACOLOD CITY: The red tide alert remains in this city and some parts of Negros Occidental after coastal waters in three areas here were found positive for toxins last week.

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Bacolod City Agriculture Officer Goldwyn Nifras said another seawater sample testing will be conducted Monday.

“We will stick to the advisory until sample tests [begin to]show negative results,” he said.

Nifras said they have not received reports of actual food poisoning since the red tide alert was issued by acting Mayor Greg Gasataya on Dec. 23.

Tested positive for red tide were the coastal waters in Punta Taytay, Magsungay, and Reclamation Area, as these areas contained the toxic algal species of Pyrodinium bahamense var. compressum, the report said.

The report is based on the test conducted on the seawater samples taken from Dec. 14 and 17.

“The public is strongly advised to refrain from eating all types of shellfish and acetes sp. (alamang) gathered from the coastal waters of the city until further notification,” Gasataya said.

Fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are still safe for human consumption provided they are fresh and washed thoroughly, with their internal organs removed before cooking, the advisory added.

Similarly, a red tide alert was also raised in northern Negros, particularly E.B. Magalona town and the cities of Victorias and Cadiz.

Mayor Patrick Escalante of Cadiz City in Negros Occidental has confirmed the occurrence of red tide in the coastal waters of Barangay Sicaba following a test conducted Wednesday.

E.B. Magalona Mayor David Lacson said that Barangay Manta-angan has also been affected by red tide based on the test conducted a few days earlier.

PNA

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