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Sayang Sabah - The voice of Sabahans

Avoid shellfish products as Red Tide hits Tuaran waters

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KOTA KINABALU: Residence in Kota Kinabalu and Tuaran are advised not to sell or consume any shellfish products due to the red tide phenomenon in Tuaran waters.

Department of Fisheries Sabah Director, Datuk Rayner Stuel Galid, confirmed that the department has issued a warning related to the red tide phenomenon about two weeks ago to the residence surrounding Tuaran.

“Warning for the red tide is without due date. Now we are collecting samples and poison analysis from the shellfish (in affected area),” he told SayangSabah, here today.

According to him, the cause of the red tide is due to chemicals excreted by poisonous plankton.

Previously, the department stated that the red tide phenomenon is also detected in Tanjung Badak, Trayong, and Karambunai area.

Analysis on the salt water sample has detected a species known as Cochlodinnium polykrikoides, but it is safe to eat fish caught from the affected area.

However, it is dangerous to consume any cage fish products as the fish die when their gills are clogged with phytoplankton from the Cochlodinnium polykrikoides species.

In this regard all fish farmers are advised to move their fish to other facilities such as ponds or tanks with filtered sea water to ensure safety. – SayangSabah

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