By Glen S. Ramos
Dagupan City -– The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has announced that Pangasinan is now free from the toxic red tide and has lifted the shellfish ban in the coastal waters in the town of Bolinao.
The local shellfish advisory was issued on Friday, June 17, 2022, stating that shellfish coming from Bolinao is now fit for human consumption.
BFAR Regional Director Rosario Segundina Gaerlan yesterday stated that based on the latest laboratory result of the Harmful Algal Bloom monitoring conducted by the agency and local government unit, shellfish samples were collected from the coastal waters of Bolinao are now negative for paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) or red tide.
Gaerlan added that gathering or harvesting, transporting, and marketing shellfish from coastal waters of Bolinao is now permitted as the ban have been lifted.
“Be that as it may, BFAR and LGU are continuously monitoring coastal waters of Bolinao to safeguard public health and to protect the shellfish industry,” Gaerlan said.
Along with Bolinao, the coastal waters of Alaminos City, Anda, Bani, and Sual remained free from toxic red tide and safe for human consumption. (ai/mtvn)