Longest red tide alert

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Longest red tide alert

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The red tide along Dauis and Tagbilaran seawaters has been up for half a year already and it is bent to stay for a few more months.

Leo Bongalos, OIC at the Bureau of  Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Bohol, said that the red tide in these areas remain at a level detrimental to health.

Bongalos said until now, the concentration of red tide organisms remains high and any kind of shellfish from Dauis and Tagbilaran is still unsafe for consumption.

Based on the trend, it is still uncertain when the red tide organisms will reduce to a safe level in these areas.

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On this, Bongalos called on the public, especially residents of Dauis, to heed the advisory not to eat any shellfish from Dauis and Tagbilaran.

It had been monitored recently that because of the long period that the red tide alert has been hoisted, residents along Dauis coastal areas disregarded the advisory and already started eating shellfish and other marine products from affected areas of the town.

The market supervisor at Dao public market in Tagbilaran City assured that they are strictly monitoring the supply of marine products supplied here to ensure that no stock red-tide prone products from Dauis and the city will be on display or mixed with those coming from safe sources.

Fish vendors already complained of reduced sales because of the impression that all marine products are affected by red tide.

On the other hand, the prices of fish in Bohol remain high that they are almost double the prices in Cebu.

Aside from the usual reasons, the vendors and fishermen also attributed it to the red tide alert that limit their sales.

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The provincial price monitoring team is expected to resume the rounds on different fish terminals and public markets after the holidays.

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