BFAR: Dagupan’s oyster, mussels spared by red tide
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has clarified that only shellfishes from Bolinao and Anda, Pangasinan are covered by the red tide advisory it issued last April 7 and does not include those produced in Sual, Lingayen, Binmaley and Dagupan.
This was according to Dr. Westly Rosario, chief of the BFAR’s National Integrated Fisheries Technology and Development Center (NIFTDC), who said this is because shellfishes from Sual, Lingayen, Binmaley and Dagupan are being raised in brackish water, a mix of salty water and fresh water.
Rosario said these areas are not usually affected when the red tide episode breaks out in the coastal waters of Bolinao and Anda, a phenomenon that usually occurs during the peak of summer when the salinity of the coastal water is high.
Rosario could not yet say until when the red tide phenomenon would last but he cautioned the public to be extra careful as unscrupulous farmers and traders from Bolinao and Anda may surreptitiously bring their products to the market by making it appear they were produced either in Sual, Lingayen, Binmaley and Dagupan City.
Oysters and mussels in Sual, Lingayen, Binmaley and Dagupan are being raised in rivers where water from the uplands are flowing.
Under the BFAR advisory, eating, gathering and harvesting or transporting and marketing of shellfishes, such as mussels and oysters, from Bolinao and Anda are strictly prohibited until such time that the red tide phenomenon is over.
The BFAR called on the local government units and the police to intercept shipment of contaminated shellfishes from Bolinao and Anda bound for the market in Dagupan City to protect their people from paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP).
He called on fish farmers from the two towns to heed the advisory by taking on another income-generating projects in the mean team to sustain their livelihood as they can still harvest their oysters and mussels after the red tide episode is over. (PNA)