Red tide alert still up in 3 towns, 1 city of Pangasinan

January 8, 2015 1:28 am 

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 7 — The red tide alert is still on in Western Pangasinan specifically Bolinao, Amda, Wawa, Bani, and Alaminos City.

This was indicated in a latest bulletin issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) stating that shellfish samples collected from the waters of these three towns and one city are still positive of red tide toxin.

The shellfish bulletin released last January 5 cautioned residents in these areas to refrain from eating, gathering or harvesting shellfishes and Acetes or "Alamang" from these localities until further notice.

Emma Molina, city agriculture officer of Dagupan, said her office continues to monitor shipments coming from western Pangasinan to ensure the safety of consumers.

Molina also warned the public to be vigilant in purchasing oysters from the city.

“Although the oysters harvested from the city are free of red tide toxin, consumers should take extra precaution and make sure that what they are buying are really from the city,” she said.

She explained that oysters from Dagupan are usually with thin shell and are smaller compared to those coming from Western Pangasinan.

“As for mussels, we do not produce them yet,” she said.

Molina advised the public to buy only oysters from vendors they know personally. (PNA)

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