The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has issued a warning against gathering and eating of shellfish from Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur.
In its advisory dated October 24, BFAR said laboratory tests have showed that local shellfish such as litob (Anadara Antiquata), wasay-wasay (Pinna bicolor), and talaba (Crassostrea iredalei) positive of paralytic shellfish poisoning.
Dumanquillas Bay is “the arm of Moro Gulf” lying on the southern side of Zamboanga Peninsula.
Its extensive mangrove shoreline stretches along Margosatubig, Vincenzo Sagun, Lapuyan, and Kumalarang in Zamboanga del Sur; and Buug, Malangas, and Alicia in Zamboanga Sibugay.
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The bay, a marine protected area, is rich in fish and corral.
While waiting for confirmatory test results, the agency urged the public “to refrain from gathering, selling, and eating all types of shellfishes.”
BFAR has also warned the public to refrain from eating alamang or acetes.
The agency explained that the public can eat fish, squid, crab, and shrimp but they must discard the entrails and wash thoroughly before eating.