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Red tide warning up again!

Red tide warning up again!

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Red tide warning up again!

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The regional office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-7 yesterday hoisted the red tide alert anew covering the same areas- -Dauis and Tagbilaran City.

BFAR-7 Regional Director Allan Poquita relayed the advisory to Governor Edgar Chatto, Dauis Mayor Miriam Sumaylo and Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II.

The advisory states that gathering and selling shellfish coming from Tagbilaran and Dauis sea waters are banned until further notice due to red tide.

Fish vendors in public markets expressed lament upon the notice as it would again affect their income at this time that they still try to recover from losses amid the low supply due to bad weather.

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They, however, get regular supply from Cebu though at higher prices.

According to the fish vendors, inland fishery is only suppletory to their main sources of supply.

With the new red tide alarm, they said increase in prices might be inevitable.

They are also concerned the negative impression that the red tide advisory could cause wherein even the shellfish they sourced from suppliers outside Dauis and Tagbilaran might not sell.

The fish vendors reiterated that they had barely recovered yet from the impact of the longest red tide experienced being hoisted and another one comes.

It was only in March this year that the longest red tide alert in the province had been lifted by BFAR-7.

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A similar red tide advisory- -covering Dauis and Tagbilaran areas- -ran from sometime in June last year to March this year.

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However, BFAR-Bohol continued to warn local governments of Dauis and Tagbilaran to remain vigilant since then, and continue monitoring the coastal areas to make sure any resurgence of red tide toxins would be promptly acted upon.

By mid-October this year, BFAR-7 already warned Bohol consumers of the possible resurgence of red tide.

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