Red tide alert up in Iloilo

ILOILO – Vice Governor Raul Tupas on Thursday warned the public on consuming shellfish from the coastal waters of Gigantes Island in Carles which were tested positive of red tide toxin.

The acting governor also urged the fishermen to refrain from gathering, transporting and marketing shellfish from the area until such time that the shellfish toxicity has gone down. 

Tupas issued the warning following the latest shellfish advisory from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Asis Perez.

According to the advisory, the Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxin level in shellfish samples collected from the area on October 14 was 45-104 µgSTXeq/100g – above the regulatory limit of 60 µgSTXeq/100g of shellfish meat.

Perez, however, clarified that the fish, squid, shrimp and crab harvested from the area were “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.”

BFAR, in coordination with the Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force, will continuously monitor the coastal waters of Gigantes Island in Carles until the area is declared negative of red tide.

In fact, BFAR will conduct a weekly sampling activity for plankton and shellfish starting Thursday (October 23). #2014News




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