THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) confirmed that the waters of Gigantes in Carles are now free of red tide contamination.
“Shellfish samples harvested from coastal waters of Gigantes Islands in Carles, Iloilo are now safe for human consumption,” said BFAR Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona in an advisory, Oct. 12, 2017.
BFAR said the shellfish samples collected from Gigantes waters in consecutive weeks tested negative for paralytic shellfish poison (PSP).
The red tide in Carles had earlier instituted measures to support the livelihood of fisherfolk of red tide affected barangays, particularly those who gather the prized scallops for a living.
As occurrence of red tide is regular, the local government is coordinating with agencies to institutionalize support to affected fisherfolk.