Shellfish ban still in effect in Bolinao, Anda in Pangasinan

DAGUPAN CITY — Shellfishes grown in the waters of Bolinao and Anda, Pangasinan are still positive for paralytic shellfish poisoning caused by red tide toxins.

This was based on the latest laboratory results from samples collected by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) as gleaned from Shellfish Bulletin No. 16, series of 2017 dated 10 May 2017 signed by BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona.

This means the gathering, harvesting, transporting and eating of shellfishes from the two Pangasinan towns are still in effect.

The bulletin stated that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or “alamang” gathered from the two areas are not safe for human consumption.

Fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

Emma Molina, city agriculture officer of Dagupan, said they continue to be on alert in the city’s markets to prevent the entry of shellfishes from Bolinao and Anda. Leonardo Micua/