BY: APRIL MONTES
DAGUPAN CITY – Pangasinan waters are now free from the toxic red tide.
In its bulletin dated April 10, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said shellfishes harvested from the coastal waters of Bolinao and Anda in Pangasinan are now safe for human consumption.
Director Nestor Domenden of BFAR in the Ilocos said residents are now allowed to gather, transport and market shellfishes from Pangasinan’s coast.
He said BFAR will continue coordinating with the local governments to carry out the monitoring of harmful algal bloom in identified coastal waters as precautionary measure in safeguarding public health and promoting shellfish products.
In Dagupan, Mayor Belen Fernandez welcomed the lifting as a blessing which, she said, came at a time when the city was in the middle of its celebration of the Bangus Festival.
In a statement, City Agriculture Officer Emma Molina said that despite the lifting of the shellfish ban, all goods and commodities must still be accompanied by duly-issued auxiliary invoice from point of origin before they are transported.
Meanwhile, the latest BFAR shellfish bulletin stated that shellfishes collected at Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Bataan coastal waters (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal); and coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit and are not safe for human consumption. (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)