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Apr 24, 2015

15:20:04 GMT--Biological Hazard - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines


EDIS Number: BH-20150424-47932-PHL
Date / time: 24/04/2015 15:18:29 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Pacific ocean - west
Country: Philippines
State/County: Davao Oriental
Location: Mati City
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

The Balite Bay in Mati City, Davao Oriental has tested positive for red tide, said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). "Based on the results of red tide monitoring by BFAR and the local government units, shellfish sample collected from Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental is positive for red tide toxins," the agency said in a statement. The agency advised the public to refrain from eating, gathering or harvesting, transporting, and marketing shellfish from Balite Bay until such time that the shellfish toxicity level has gone down. But BFAR said that the fish harvested from the bay are safe for consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and their internal organs like gills and intestines are removed before cooking. BFAR-Davao Director Dr. Fatma M. Idris, in an interview Friday, said red tide is caused by sudden and extreme changes in the temperature of the area that trigger microorganisms causing the phenomenon. She said the heat brought by El Nino and the rainy nights in the region may have triggered the microorganisms causing the red tide. Idris said the agency will conduct weekly monitoring in the area to determine the level of toxicity of the shellfish. The red tide advisory was released on April 11 and was signed by BFAR Director lawyer Asis Perez.


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