Monday, April 9, 2012

Red Tide in Bataan, Philippines

A local official here and his wife prepared tahong on Good Friday and
joined their visitors in eating the green mussels to show that the sea
products are already safe to eat.

Town vice mayor Manny Cortez and wife, Geralphine, president of the
big community organization Sabayba, invited some guests to their
residence in barangay Calaguiman here for lunch where tahong was the
main dish.

The couple said they chose Good Friday to show that the fishermen have
suffered and were deprived of their only means of livelihood.

"Through this, our fishermen would like to show that they continuously
eating tahong and talaba, which are their only source of income. We
hope that they would lift the red tide," Cortez said.

He urged the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to
release regular weekly laboratory tests on the toxin level of
shellfish in the area.

Shellfish bulletin issued by BFAR on March 14, 2012 indicated that
Bataan coastal waters in the towns of Hermosa, Orani, Samal, Abucay,
Pilar, Orion, Limay and Mariveles and the City of Balanga are still
positive of paralytic shellfish poison.

Fisherfolk and officials in Abucay town last March 30 also ate tahong
in public and asked BFAR to lift the ban on the gathering, selling and
eating of tahong.

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