The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Luzon issued advisory on Monday against gathering, selling and eating “tahong” (mussel) following reports of red tide toxin in the province’s fishing ground.
BFAR personnel found red tide toxin in the municipalities of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay, and Samal, and the city of Balanga. BFAR warned the local folks against possible paralytic shellfish poisoning in the said areas.
In the Facebook page of BFAR, Director Ma. Theresa Escolano said all shellfish found the said municipalities and one city in Bataan are not safe for human consumption.
Fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption for as long as they are fresh and washed thoroughly, said Escolano.
Engr. Joey Dizon, head of provincial agriculture office of Bataan, said as per sample gathered by the local office of BFAR, the toxicity level reached more than 400.
‘Since moving ang water along Manila Bay kaya po dineclare ang lahat ng munisipyo along Manila Bay na positive sa red tide,” explains Dizon.
Last year, Dizon said, the red tide phenomenon in Bataan lasted for six months thereby affecting thousands of fishermen in the province.