CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has declared Pampanga free of the deadly red tide toxin and lifted the shellfish ban it imposed last November 23, 2018.
BFAR Regional Director Lilian Garcia said on Thursday that the latest shellfish bulletin declared the absence of red tide in the coastal waters of Pampanga after laboratory tests for three consecutive weeks showed negative results of the toxin from samples drawn from the areas.
Red tide toxin causes paralytic shellfish poisoning which symptoms include abdominal cramps, vomiting, diarrhea and numbness in the face and arms.
Shellfish meat, to be considered safe for eating, should have a tolerable limit of 60-unit grams of saxo-toxin per 100ugSTX.
With the lifting of the ban, Garcia said that harvesting, transporting, selling and eating of shellfish from the coastal areas of Pampanga are no longer prohibited.
She welcomed the development, saying she was happy that finally, those dependent on shellfish for their livelihood can now heave a sigh of relief.
“Region 3 is red tide-free. Residents can now eat tahong (green mussels), talaba (oyster) and other shellfish from Pampanga,” Garcia said.
The imposition of shellfish ban was first lifted in Bataan last February 7 after the coastal waters in the towns of Orani, Samal, Abucay, Pilar, Orion, Limay, and Mariveles and the City of Balanga were found free from the red tide toxin. (PNA)