Two coastal Masbate towns under “red tide” alert

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PILI, Camarines Sur – Coastal waters of Mandaon and Placer towns in Masbate are affected by red tide, and the government fishery agency has issued a public warning banning the consumption of shellfishes.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional office based in Pili, this province, released the latest red tide bulletin from the BFAR central office in Quezon City shellfish bulletin No. 27 declaring: “laboratory results on collected samples from coastal waters of Mandaon and Placer, Masbate, found positive paralytic shellfish poison beyond the regulatory limit.”

BFAR said Thursday a ban on shellfishes like tahong (green mussel), clams, oysters Acetes sp. Or, alamang, is in effect in the areas affected by red toxins.

BFAR said activities are still banned involving harvesting, selling, buying and eating of shellfish species from the coastal waters of Mandaon and Placer towns in Masbate.

“All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. from the said areas in Masbate are not safe for human consumptions — we already advised the local governments of Mandaon and Placer on the enforcement of the ban to avoid the toxic and deadly effects of this contamination to consumers of marine food products particularly shellfish,” BFAR Regional Director Dennis Del Socorro said.

Del Socorro emphasized that for a span of 12 days, four bodies of water recorded occurrence of the red tide phenomenon from the Aug. 3 shellfish bulletin on red tide covering only six areas.

Red tide is a marine phenomenon in which water is stained with a red, brown, or yellowish color because of the temporary abundance of “blooms” which is also called phytoplankton, or planktonic algae, which are single-celled organisms that move using a tail-like structure called a flagellum. [BicolToday.com]

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