Platforms for farming mussels in Galicia. (Photo: Xunta)
Red tide forces 34 mussel polygons to close
Friday, June 15, 2012, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Rural and Marine Affairs of Xunta de Galicia decided to close 34 mussel farming polygons due to the presence of diarrheal toxin (DSP) in local waters.
After discovering and analyzing the contaminated specimens, the Technological Institute for the Control of Marine Environment (Intecmar) issued a report which prohibits the capture of bivalve molluscs grown in the floating nurseries of the Galician polygons.
The authority reported that only 16 polygons are still operating in Galicia for capture, sale and consumption, the newspaper Faro de Vigo reported.
So far, the situation in the estuaries has been as follows:
- Ares-Betanzos: an open mussel platform polygon and another one that is closed;
- Arousa: 14 closed polygons for mussel -- Ribeira B, Ribeira C, Pobra H, Pobra B, Pobra E, Cambados A1, Cambados B, Cambados C (North), Cambados C (South), Grove A, Grove C1, Grove C2, Grove C3 and Grove C4--. And the ones that will be open for mussels are Pobra G, Pobra A, Pobra C, Pobra D, Vilagarcía A, Vilagarcía B, Cambados A2-E and Cambados D;
- Arousa: Grove B (F) oyster polygon is closed and the ones that remain open are Cambados D and Grove A;
- Baiona: its only polygon has been closed since 16 March;
- Corme-Laxe: its polygon has been closed since 23 August, 2011;
- Muros-Noia: its four bateeiros polygons are closed;
- Pontevedra: it has eight platform polygons, and all of them have been closed since last March;
- Vigo: in Vigo estuary polygons Cangas F, Cangas G, Cangas H, Cangas C and Vigo A are being closed whereas polygons Cangas D, Cangas E, Redondela A, Redondela B-G, Redondela C-F, Redondela D and Redondela E, which are all for mussels, remain open. And the oyster polygon Redondela A is still open.
By Analia Murias