Shellfish ban still up in 2 Pangasinan towns

Posted at 03/09/14 6:30 PM

MANILA -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) reminded residents against eating and selling shellfish from red tide-affected towns in Pangasinan.

A shellfish ban is still raised over the towns of Anda and Bolinao after the BFAR found paralytic shellfish poison or "red tide" toxin in the coastal waters of these towns.

This, after five people were arrested for harvesting mussels from a red-tide affected area in Pangasinan, in violation of Republic Act 8550 or the Fisheries Code of the Philippines.

Fifty-five sacks of mussels were confiscated by elements of the City Agriculture Office and Philippine National Police (PNP) after these were found to have been harvested from the coastal wasters of Anda town in Pangasinan.

According to Emma Molina, city agriculturist in Dagupan, the mussels, which were loaded in two trucks, were supposed to be delivered to the Magsaysay Fish Market.

Meanwhile, a shellfish ban was also raised in Domanquilas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, as well as in Bataan, which includes the towns of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal.

The BFAR reminded the public that shellfish from these towns are unsafe for human consumption. -- with a report from Robert Mano, DZMM