BFAR lifts shellfish ban in Palawan
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquiatic Resources (BFAR) on Wednesday lifted the shellfish ban it imposed in two bays here in August after recent samples taken turned out negative for the red tide toxins.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona said based on the results of their red tide monitoring activities, shellfish harvested from Honda and Puerto Princesa bays are now “safe for human consumption.”
“Negative results for paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) were obtained from three consecutive weeks of sampling in the areas,” Gongona said.
He said gathering, harvesting, and selling of shellfish from the two bays are now permitted.
In Shellfish Bulletin No. 25 dated Sept. 25, BFAR said only the shellfish ban in these Puerto Princesa bays was lifted.
Shellfish collected from Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur; coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City, Bohol; coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison.
“All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the areas are not safe for human consumption,” Gongona said. (PNA)