2 traders nabbed in Dagupan for bringing in red-tide contaminated shellfishes

DAGUPAN CITY — A few days after the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) issued a shellfish advisory informing the public that red tide now affects shellfishes in Bolinao and Anda, two shellfish traders were arrested by the authorities in Dagupan for bringing in contaminated shellfishes from those towns to the city.

The suspects are Crisanto Caroline and Alexander Calicdan, both of Barangay Salud, Bolinao who were intercepted bringing in four sacks of contaminated green mussels worth P6,000 to the Magsaysay Fish Market in Dagupan City on April 9.

The coastal towns of Bolinao and Anda are now positive for the red tide toxin.

The action made by the City Agriculture headed by Emma Molina is pursuant to Shellfish Advisory No. 17 and Shellfish Bulletin No. 13 of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) both dated April 7 stating that based on monitoring by BFAR and local government units, samples of shellfishes from Bolinao tested positive of red tide toxin.

Thus, BFAR warns the public that eating, gathering and harvesting or transporting and marketing of shellfishes are prohibited as it could result in Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP).

The confiscated sacks of green mussels were turned over to the Waste Management Division of the city for proper disposal.

The law prohibits the gathering or harvesting, transporting, marketing and eating of shellfish from the coastal waters affected with the red tide toxin.

Meanwhile, market Inspectors/Administrators and Quarantine Officers in Dagupan were advised by BFAR to demand for auxiliary invoice or local transport permit from transporters/dealers of fish and seashells from other provinces/municipalities to ensure that their commodities did not come from areas found positive of red tide toxin. PNA-northboundasia.com