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Northwestern part of Guimaras Strait is safe — BFAR

August 26, 2006

THE northewestern part of the Guimaras Strait is safe for swimming, and fish and other marine products caught in the area are safe for swimming, accroding to Secretary Arthur Yap, chief of the Presidential Management Staff.

Quoting sources from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Yap made the announcement in an interview aired over radio station dzBB.

BFAR officials said that fishes instinctively avoid contaminated areas.

On August 11, the MT Solar I sank off the southern coast of Guimaras Island due to turbulent seas brought about by the monsoon season. It was carrying 2.1 million liters of oil, about 10 percent of which has leaked out to sea and affected some 40,000 residents of the island province.

(Originally published on GMA News web site, Aug. 26, 2006)

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