The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has reaffirmed the ban on shellfish from two traditional fishing grounds in Mindanao and the coastal waters of Bataan.
BFAR's warning came in the wake of the proliferation of algal blooms that have affected mussels and shellfish in Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Oriental and the coastal waters of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga City, Orani, Abucay and Samal, all in Bataan.
Lawyer Asis Perez, BFAR national director, said fishermen should not catch shellfish from these areas since they harbor paralytic shellfish toxins.
He ordered BFAR personnel to monitor the red tide situation and prevent contaminated shellfish from being sold in public and private markets.
Algal blooms occur intermittently in Philippine waters, normally during the first semester. This year, BFAR has already issued 12 red tide warnings, starting on January 6. (Marvyn Benaning)