LEGAZPI CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regulatory and Quarantine Division (FRQD) in Bicol are on full alert following reports of possible entry of dead “bangus” from fish kill-plagued Batangas and Pangasinan provinces, a BFAR officer said Monday.
Danilo Bolo, FRQD chief, said they have not yet received from their field units reports regarding entry of dead bangus (milkfish) in Bicol.
He however said as a preventive measure, they will set up checkpoints in various towns and provinces that may be use as possible access points for the entry of dead milkfish in the Bicol markets.
Checkpoints were set in the Quirino Highway in Camarines Norte; Sipocot town in Camarines Sur; Matacon in Polangui, and Barangay Villahermosa in Daraga, all in Albay.
He said fishery technologist will be at the checkpoints to conduct on the spot examination to determine if the fish products are properly documented and safe for human consumption.
Bolo warned the public not to buy fish products that have pale gills, unclear eyes, and bloated body which are indications that these fish are not fresh and came from the fish kill areas.
Bangus that are sold in various markets in Bicol are from bangus fish cages in Camarines Sur, Albay and Sorsogon, where their prices of ranges from P100 to P120 a kilo. (PNA)