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Davao Gulf shellfish found to be microplastics-free

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DAVAO CITY — The fisheries bureau said a study has found no microplastics in green mussels from the Davao Gulf.

Fatma M. Idris, regional director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, said Jose B. Isagani Janairo of De La Salle University conducted the study in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DoST).

The study found that the sample from Davao Gulf did not turn up any indication of microplastics.

The bureau added that the presence of Red Tide toxins in Balete Bay in Davao Oriental means mussels and other shellfish from the area are still not safe to eat.

She called on residents of the region must do their part to “save the ocean to save our future. No to throwing of garbage to sea, oceans and rives.” — Carmelito Q. Francisco