Puerto Princesa Bay in Palawan has tested positive for the red tide toxin based on the results of the monitoring activity conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), City Agriculture Office Puerto Princesa and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist of Palawan. On Tuesday, January 31, the public is advised to refrain from eating, gathering or harvesting, transporting and marketing shellfish from Puerto Princesa Bay to avoid Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). Consumption of shellfish from the Bay will be possible again when the shellfish toxicity level in the said body of water falls back below regulatory limits.
“Hindi pa natin alam kung hanggang kailan ito, depende sa resulta ng analysis. ‘Yung iba tumatagal ng isang buwan,” said City Agriculturist Melissa Macasaet.
“Kapag nawala na ito, malalaman din agad ng public,” she added.
The public is also advised that fish harvested from the said area are still safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and thoroughly washed, with their internal organs, such as gills and intestines, removed before cooking.
As of press time, the BFAR, CAO, and OPA are continuously monitoring Puerto Princesa Bay to safeguard the public’s health and to protect the fishing industry.