Bataan readies assistance to fishermen as BFAR still bans public from eating shellfish

BALANGA CITY, Bataan-The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is still appealing to the public to refrain from gathering and eating shellfish from seven towns and one city along the coastal waters of Bataan as red tide toxin, which causes paralytic shellfish poisoning remains present in the area.

As this developed, Gov Abet S Garcia has making ways to assist those affecte d by redtide by providing livelihood and relief assistance to somehow heave them a sigh of relief.

BFAR in Bataan headed by Imelda Nieto is continously monitoring the red tide deveopment as thousands of Bataenos depend on shell fish gathering.

Affected by the ban are the municipalities of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Abucay, Samal, and Orani and the city of Balanga.

“Based on the latest shellfish bulletin issued last November 19, the current red tide toxin level in shellfish samples collected from the coastal waters of Bataan is still significantly higher to the 60g STXg/100g tolerable limit,” BFAR Central Luzon information officer Lanie Lamyong said.

Lamyong reiterated that fishes harvested from the Bataan coastal waters are safe to eat as long as they are fresh and washed thoroughly and their internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

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