BFAR raises red tide alert, shellfish ban over 8 towns in Bataan

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Coastal waters of eight towns in Bataan province have tested positive for the harmful red tide toxin. In this, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) raised a red tide alert over the towns of Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay, Mariveles, Limay, Orion, and Samal after finding presence of the toxic algal bloom in the coastal waters, western side of Manila Bay.

BFAR on Friday has imposed a shellfish ban, Shellfish Bulletin No. 37, in the coastal waters of Bataan due to the presence of red tide toxins.

BFAR Region 3 director Wilfredo M. Cruz said: “The toxin level collected from the said areas is at 61 to 1200 ugSTXeg/100g of shellfish meat which is above the regulatory limit of 60 micrograms per 100 grants of shellfish meat.” 

The BFAR warns the public in harvesting, buying, selling or eating all types of shellfish from the areas covered by the alert.

BFAR stresses that the mentioned shellfish are “not safe for human consumption.”

A new advisory once the toxicity level in the coastal waters goes down will be announced, said BFAR.