Red tide returns to two Pangasinan towns

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BOLINAO, Pangasinan: The red tide alert is on again in the coastal waters of Bolinao and Anda, two towns along the Lingayen Gulf in the northwestern tip of Pangasinan, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said.

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Dr. Westly Rosario, chief of the BFAR’s National Integrated Fisheries and Technology Development Center, confirmed on Sunday that samples of shellfish obtained from the two towns were found anew to be positive of red tide organism when analyzed in the laboratory.

It was only in March 6 this year that the red tide alert was lifted in the two towns and the city of Alaminos and Bani as can be gleaned from red tide advisory of the BFAR on that day.

The first red tide episode, which was observed to be rather long, started way back in September 2014.

Late last year, a woman died and 33 others persons from Bolinao were hospitalized for consumption of mussels infected by red tide.

Rosario, who just came from Bolinao, said that luckily, the problem is only confined in Bolinao and Anda, sparing as of now the coastal waters of Alaminos and Bani.

He blamed the return of the red tide episode on the increased growth of what he called dinoflaggellates in the waters of both towns, enhanced by the continuing hot summer and high salinity of water.

This is compounded by the big volume of nutrients that dropped in the water of the Caquipotan Channel that are not consumed by the fish when caretakers of fish cage owners feed the fish in captivity.

PNA

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