The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has lifted the shellfish ban in the coastal waters of Bataan peninsula after weeks of sampling showed negative from the paralytic shellfish poison. In its Shellfish Bulletin No.21-2014, BFAR announced to the public that harvested shellfish and other fish species from the coastal waters of Bataan—including Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal —are now safe for human consumption. BFAR, however, warned that the red tide alert will remain in the coastal waters of Irong-irong Bay in Wastern Samar after samples tested positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond regulatory limit. “All types of shellfish and acetes or ‘alamang’ gathered and collected from the areas Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental are not safe for human consumption,” the agency said. BFAR, however, said that several species—including fish, shrimps and crabs—are safe to eat provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking. Fish and other shellfish species harvested in other major fishing grounds, besides Irong-irong Bay, are safe for human consumption, BFAR said.
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