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Aklan’s Batan Bay now free from red tide -BFAR

KALIBO, Aklan (PIA) -- Coastal waters of Altavas, Batan, and New Washington towns, comprising the Batan Bay in Aklan, now tested negative for Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP), based on the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Shellfish Advisory No. 23 released on September 19, 2023.

BFAR said negative results for PSP or red tide toxin were obtained from three consecutive weeks of sampling in the area.

With this, shellfish harvested from the coastal waters of Altavas, Batan, and New Washington are now safe for human consumption.

Harvesting, gathering, and marketing of shellfish from the above-mentioned towns are now permitted.

Kristal Kae Ombrog, Aquaculturist I of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Provincial Field Offie, shared during the radio prrogram hosted by PIA-Aklan that one of the ways of propagating oyster or talaba in coastal areas is the raft method to prevent water siltation. She also discussed the various programs and projects of BFAR-Aklan in the program.

Despite the negative results, the BFAR and the local government units involved will be continuously monitoring Batan Bay to safeguard public health and protect the fishery industry, according to director lawyer Demosthenes R. Escoto who signed the advisory.

Meanwhile, Shellfish Bulletin No. 22 Series of 2023 issued by the BFAR showed that there are still eight areas in the country affected by red tide.

These are the coastal waters of Panay, Pilar, Roxas City, Sapian Bay, and President Roxas, all in Capiz; Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; coastal waters of Pilar in Capiz; coastal 

waters of Gigantes Islands in Carles, Iloilo; and coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran in Bohol.

Still affected by the red tide are the two barangays in Batan, Aklan namely Mambuquiao and Camanci, which are across coastal Capiz towns.

In these areas, shellfish collected and tested by BFAR are still positive for PSP or toxic red tide that is beyond the regulatory limit. (AGP/VGV/PIA Aklan) 

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