Red tide alert hoisted over Sapian Bay in Capiz

September 2, 2015 5:58 am 

ILOILO CITY, September 1 — Red tide affects Sapian Bay in Capiz based on shellfish advisory number 14, series of 2015 issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources central office and furnished to BFAR Region 6.

The red tide on Sapian Bay covers the municipality of Sapian and Ivisan, Capiz.

"We update the status of this red tide regularly and so far no negative effect was recorded", Remia A. Aparri, BFAR Region 6 Director said on Tuesday.

On the other hand, the local government unit of Capiz released an advisory about the occurrence of this red tide last August 28.

It advises residents to refrain from eating shellfish from Capiz not only in Sapian Bay but including Roxas City.

The result on local laboratory testing of Capiz says that toxicity level of these shellfishes ranges from 40 to 44 micrograms per 100 grams.

"Red tide occurs naturally. If the environmental condition of the water attributed by its nutrients, salinity and the light favors, the explosive growth of these algae happens. This brings harmful algal bloom which causes red tide", Aparri explained.

However, the advisory made by the BFAR says that fishes and crabs are still safe to eat as long as they are fresh and cleaned before cooking.

"Shellfish are called filter feeders. They feed themselves while cleaning the water that is why they are at risk to be red tide carriers," said Aparri.

"We cannot predict how long will this red tide will be since it happens naturally but we will make sure there will be regular updates about it for the safety of the many", Aparri added. (PNA)



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