Coastal town in Pangasinan positive for red tide toxin

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BOLINAO, Pangasinan – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Marine Biotoxin Laboratory in Ilocos has confirmed that the coastal waters of that town are positive for Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) or Red Tide Toxin.

In the opinion of molluscs no. 1 released Thursday evening, BFAR Ilocos Regional Director Rosario Segundina Gaerlan said the level of PSP toxin in shellfish samples collected from the region reached 249 μg STX per 100 grams of shellfish meat.

“Thus, to avoid PSP, the public is advised to refrain from eating, picking or harvesting, transporting and marketing all types of crustaceans and aceta or alamang harvested from the coastal waters of Bolinao until the toxicity level of shellfish has reached the lower level. the regulatory limit of 60 μg STX/ 100 grams of shellfish meat,” she said.

Gaerlan added that fish, squid, shrimp and crabs harvested from the region are safe for human consumption provided they are fresh and thoroughly washed and their internal organs, such as gills and intestines, are removed before the cooking.

“The BFAR Ilocos regional office continuously monitors the coastal waters of Bolinao to safeguard public health and protect the fishing industry,” she said. (NAP)

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