Puerto Princesa raise red flag vs red tide in Honda Bay
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The City Agriculturist Office (CAO) here warned residents against consumption of shellfish collected from Honda Bay after the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) issued a new red tide bulletin.
CAO chief Melissa Macasaet, in an interview, said Wednesday morning that the bulletin for the fresh discovery of the poisonous algal bloom in Honda Bay in Barangay Sta. Lourdes in this city was received from BFAR on December 5.
“The samples we sent to BFAR were different from Puerto Princesa Bay where a ban was lifted just recently,” Macasaet said, adding the ban on Honda Bay is up to its part in the outlying barangay of Langogan.
“No harvest, no collection, no selling, and no consumption of shellfish while the ban is enforced,” she said. The red tide ban is also up for “alamang” as it is unsafe for human consumption.
Macasaet said it was okay to consume fish, crabs, shrimps and squids caught in the area provided they are fresh, they had been gutted, and cooked well.
“Residents have to make sure they are fresh and have been cleaned of internal organs. We have to follow the ban because we don’t want residents to be affected by the red tide,” she said..
As soon as the CAO received the bulletin, Macasaet said all markets had been informed, including Bantay Dagat, the office of the city mayor, and the city administrator’s office.
Just a few weeks ago, the red tide ban placed over shellfish harvested in Puerto Princesa Bay was lifted by BFAR after water samples sent by the CAO no longer carried the poisonous toxins.
The ban over the Inner Malampaya Sound in the northern Palawan town of Taytay, however, remains to this day. (PNA)