Thursday, May 6, 2010

Shellfish Advisory

The public is advised to refrain from eating, gathering or harvesting, transporting and marketing shellfish, shrimp and crabs from Wawa, Bani, Pangasinan until such time the shellfish toxicity level has gone down below the regulatory limit.

This developed after the Provincial Health Office received information from the regional office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) that the latest shellfish meat samples collected from said area were found positive of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxin.

Dr. Ferdinand Totaan revealed that based on the results of red tide monitoring activities of BFAR, samples of shellfish, shrimp and crabs are now positive of red tide toxin or PSP.

The PHO however, noted that fish are safe for human consumption provided they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and their internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

Towards this end, Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. has instructed the PHO to coordinate with BFAR and the LGU Fishery Technicians in monitoring the coastal waters of Wawa, Bani and adjacent areas to safeguard public health and protect the fishery industry.

The LGU on the other hand, is enjoined to disseminate the Shellfish Advisory and secure the area until further notice. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)

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