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Shellfish ban in Bataan stays

BALANGA CITY, Bataan – A top official of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the province said yesterday that the red tide toxin is still present in the coastal areas of Bataan.

Imelda Nieto, BFAR provincial chief, said the toxicity level of shellfish is still 800mg, which is way above the 60mg tolerable level.

BFAR is appealing to the public to refrain from gathering and eating shellfish from seven towns and one city along the coastal waters of Bataan as red tide toxin, which causes paralytic shellfish poisoning, remains present in the area.

Nieto said affected by the shellfish ban are the municipalities of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Abucay, Samal, and Orani and the city of Balanga. (Mar T. Supnad)