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SHELLFISH BAN LIFTED IN EASTERN SAMAR
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on October 7, 2013, 10:42 pm

(By Sarwell Q. Meniano, 7 Oct 2013  |  10:02 PM)

TACLOBAN CITY -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has lifted the shellfish ban in Eastern Samar’s Matarinao Bay, five months after toxins were found in water and shellfish samples.

In a bulletin issued last week, the bureau said all types of shellfish gathered in Matarinao Bay are now safe for consumption. The bay includes the municipal waters of Salcedo, Quinapondan, McArthur and Hernani in Eastern Samar.

“Shellfish samples collected from the bay have been free from paralytic shellfish poison from three consecutive weeks of sampling in the area. Marketing of shellfish harvest is now permitted,” BFAR Regional Director Juan D. Albaladejo said.

He said frequent rains brought by the southwest monsoon “pushed” the toxins from the shallow waters to the deep sea.

The toxins were first recorded in Matarinao Bay in March 2010 and lasted for one year. It recurred for four months in 2011, six months in 2012 and five months this year. -- Sarwell Q. Meniano


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