TAGBILARAN CITY, June 13 (PIA) — The coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City are still positive for the red tide toxin, more than two months since it was hoisted on March 22 this year.
Based on Shellfish Bulletin 16 issued on June 5 by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), fewer areas are under red tide advisory compared to the past trends.
This includes the coastal waters of Biliran province, Leyte in Leyte, Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur, Dauis and Tagbilaran in Bohol, and Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.
According to BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona, these areas are “still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.”
Gongona warned that “all types of shellfish and acetes species or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption.”
“Fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption, provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and the internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking,” according to Gongona.
BFAR-Bohol Head Leo Bongalos said they have disseminated the June 5 shellfish bulletin to concerned local government units (LGUs) and they, in turn, sent advisories to affected sectors for guidance.
According to Bongalos, it is still uncertain when the red tide alert over Dauis and Tagbilaran coastal waters could be lifted.
However, he shared that it usually lasts about five months and beyond based on the pattern.
Bongalos explained that the long period of red tide invasion in these contiguous areas could be attributed to the slow current of seawaters and its lagoon-like shape that restricts the movement of the organisms within the area.
The frame of the bridge along the causeway connecting the mainland and Panglao island at the Poblacion I point of Tagbilaran and the fronting Dauis side of the island is also being studied for its possible contribution to the situation and for reference in the planned third bridge to connect the mainland and Panglao Island.
The last red tide episode in the coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran that lasted six months was lifted on May 10 last year.
Since the last clinching of red tide episode on May 10 last year, BFAR hoisted the red tide alert anew over Dauis and Tagbilaran coastal waters on March 22 this year. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)
Source: PIA Feed