DAGUPAN CITY–Paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) or red tide toxins were detected in the waters off Pangasinan and Pampanga towns, prompting the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to impose a shellfish ban in the affected areas.
Nestor Domenden, BFAR Ilocos region director, said the PSP found in the shellfish samples from the villages of Baybay Norte and Cabalitian in Sual, Pangasinan exceeded the regulatory limit
In an advisory, Domenden warned against eating, gathering or harvesting, transporting and marketing shellfish and “alamang” (acetes shrimp) from the affected areas until the toxicity level has gone below the regulatory limit.
But he said fish, crab, squid, and shrimps harvested from the said areas remain safe for human consumption if these are washed and cooked properly.
“Regular monitoring of the affected areas is being conducted by [BFAR Ilocos] in collaboration with the local government unit to safeguard public health and protect the fishery industry,” he said.
This is the second time that red tide has hit the Pangasinan coastal waters this year. In April 27, the waters off Anda and Bolinao towns experienced red tide but. were cleared of the toxins after three weeks. Anda, Bolinao and Sual, which face the Lingayen Gulf, are three main aquaculture areas of Pangasinan.
In Pampanga, BFRA Central Luzon director Wilfredo Cruz also imposed a shellfish ban in the province’s coastal waters after shellfish samples from these ares tested positive for red tide toxins.
Cruz, however, did not specify in his advisory on Thursday the areas affected by red tide.
On Monday, Cruz had also issued a red tide alert in Bataan towns of Orani, Hermosa, Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Samal, Abucay and Balanga City after these areas had traces of microorganism that causes the PSP.