BFAR lifts ‘red tide’ advisory for Puerto Princesa Bay

As of March 8, 2017, Puerto Princesa City Bay is officially deemed negative of the Red Tide toxin following latest results of monitoring activities jointly conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) and City Agriculture Office (CAO).

Based on the advisory signed by Eduardo Gongona, BFAR Undersecretary for Fisheries Director, shellfish samples harvested from the Bay are now safe for human consumption. Gathering or harvesting and marketing of shellfish from the Bay are hence re-allowed.

The negative results for paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) were obtained from three consecutive weeks of sampling by officials. Puerto Princesa Bay was previously declared positive for the red tide toxin last January 31 this year and the public was advised to refrain from eating, gathering, or harvesting, transporting and marketing shellfish from the said body of water.

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