The Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) announced on Tuesday afternoon the raising of a shellfish ban due to the deadly red tide in the whole province of Bataan.
Provincial agriculturist Imelda Inieto said that based on a Shellfish Advisory they received from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), gathering, selling, transporting and eating of shellfish in the province are prohibited.
Inieto said that from 54 milligrams Saxo-Toxin(STx) per 100 mg STx shellfish meat last Thursday, the toxin level of samples taken in Orani town, rose to 265 mg STx per 100 mg STx. Tolerable level for shellfish to be safe for eating is 60 mg STx.
“The sample of water taken by our technicians along the seas in the towns of Orani and Samal is reddish,” the agriculturist said.
Inieto said she has advised mayors in 11 towns and one city of the shellfish ban.
Green mussels or tahong, lukan, talaba and other shellfish are plentiful in the towns of Orani, Samal, Abucay, Pilar, Orion, Limay and Mariveles and Balanga City.
The BFAR and agriculture office is continuously monitoring the movement of red tide. We asked the Provincial Health Office to announce today (Wednesday) through sound system in every town about the shellfish ban,”she said.
She said that fish, crabs and shrimps are safe to eat provided these are fresh.
“The internal organs of the fish such as intestines and gills should be removed before cooking,” she added. PNA