Shellfish poisoning, red tide warning up in several Phl coastal waters

Marje Pelayo   •   October 20, 2020   •   1114

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Tuesday (October 20) advised the public that shellfish harvested in selected areas are tested with high levels of paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

The affected areas include:

  • Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan;coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate;
  • coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol;
  • Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental;
  • coastal waters of Daram Island, Zumarraga, and Irong-irong and San Pedro Bays in Western Samar;
  • Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte;
  • Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar;
  • Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental; and
  • Lianga Bay and coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.

In an advisory, the BFAR said this was confirmed based on the latest laboratory results of the agency and Local Government Units (LGUs).

Meanwhile, the following coastal waters are also confirmed positive of red tide toxin:

  • coastal waters of Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay and Samal); and
  • coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan.

This prompted the agency to issue a warning that shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption.

#RedTidePHShellfish Bulletin No. 22 Series of 2020dated October 19, 2020Based on the latest laboratory results of…

Posted by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Central Office on Monday, 19 October 2020

PCG rescues stranded residents amid heavy flooding in Palawan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 16, 2021

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) assisted in the rescue of 50 residents in El Nido, Palawan amid flooding.

Barangay Manlag, El Nido, Palawan was submerged in floodwater, following torrential rainfall that started at around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday (July 15). The PCG rescued a total of 50 residents, including two infants.

PCG District Palawan Commander, Commodore Genito Basilio said he immediately deployed personnel and assets to assist the local government units of El Nido and other concerned government agencies in ensuring the safety of affected residents.

“Despite our pressing mandate and firm commitment to ensure maritime security and maritime safety in the West Philippine Sea and the Kalayaan Island Group, rest assured the PCG District Palawan and Coast Guard vessels under the Task Force Pagsasanay will always be there to render humanitarian assistance to the people of Palawan,” he said.

The PCG also dispatched personnel to assist rescue and evacuation efforts in Barangay Pasadeña, Barangay Barotuan, and Barangay Libertad. It also assisted a motorbanca who experienced engine trouble during the heavy rainfall.

As of July 16, majority of the rescued residents were able to return to their homes after floodwater subsided in El Nido. AAC

Boxes of smuggled cigarettes, ammonium nitrate seized in waters off El Nido

Robie de Guzman   •   July 8, 2021

A boat loaded with sacks of ammonium nitrate and boxes of smuggled cigarettes was seized in the vicinity waters off Malampaya Gas Platform in Palawan, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

The PCG said the BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409) intercepted the boat carrying a total of 25 sacks of ammonium nitrate and four styro boxes of smuggled cigarettes during a hot pursuit on July 4.

While the PCG and BFAR were advising other small motorized vessels to return to El Nido Port or their respective residences due to the bad weather in the area, BRP Cabra  spotted a boat identified as M/B Escario Express A proceeding towards the waters off Malampaya Gas Platform.

“As the Coast Guard approached the boat, it was found to be more suspicious that it might be carrying contrabands as it started to speed up and immediately fled the area,” the PCG said.

“After the hot pursuit that lasted for more than 25 minutes, subject motorbanca was finally intercepted by the Coast Guard authorities,” it added.

When joint inspection team of CGS El Nido, PCG K9, and BFAR MCS 3002 conducted boarding inspection, authorities found the boat to have styro boxes filled with smuggled cigarettes and sacks positively identified containing ammonium nitrate.

After conduct of initial safety inspection, the PCG said that the vessel was also found with no possession of any pertinent documents.

P250M worth of fossilized giant clam shells seized in Palawan

UNTV News   •   July 1, 2021

Joint law enforcement authorities have seized approximately 150 tons of fossilized endangered giant clams locally known as “taklobo” with an estimated market value of Php 250 million at the King’s Paradise Island Resort, Barangay Panitian, Sofronio Espaniola, Palawan on Monday, June 28, 2021.

Officials of Brgy. Panitian took custody of the confiscated shells.

While only one of the four suspects identified as owners were apprehended, the other three were not present during the operation. The apprehended suspect will be charged with violation of Sec. 27 of RA 9147 of the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act”.

The joint law enforcement operations were successfully undertaken by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Intelligence Group – Palawan, PCG Station Brooke’s Point, DF-332, Naval Intelligence and Security Group – West, PCSD, and PNP – Maritime Group.

Local authorities reminded the public that illegal gathering of endangered giant clam shells are prohibited. (Reported by Maribelle Boral – Cabling)

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