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BFAR: Sea shells, crabs, seaweeds in Guimaras unsafe

September 1, 2006

RESIDENTS beware.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said Friday all types of sea shells, young crabs and seaweeds found in the oil spill affected waters in Guimaras Strait and Panay Gulf are not safe for human consumption.

Benjie Tabios, BFAR assistant director, said among the types of sea-shells that are not safe for consumption include mussels, oyster and clams as well as young crabs, seaweeds, burrowing organisms and nursery stages of fish.

Tabios explained that aquatic plants and animals that live closer to shore were more vulnerable to the effects of the oil spill caused by the sinking of MT Solar I on August 11.

As for fin fishes, Tabios said they are safe for eating provided that people should check first if the fish that was caught has no smell at all, particularly that of benzyne, a type of chemical which can be found in crude oil.

“If they (consumers) eat fish (or any kind of seafood) which was affected by the oil spill, it can poison them and worse, kill them in the process,”
Tabios said during in a phone interview.

(Click unsafe for the rest of the story, Sept. 1, 2006.)

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