LABUAN: In spite of proximity to the high levels of toxins in the waters of Binsulok in Membakut, the shellfish in Labuan waters sold at local wet markets are safe for consumption.

Labuan Fisheries director Faizal Ibrahim Suhaili said water samples and shellfish taken from around the waters were sent to the Fisheries Biosecurity Laboratory in Likas, Sabah and tested negative for any Paralytic Shellfish Toxin (PST).

Faizal Ibrahim Suhaili

Yesterday (Aug 3), the Sabah Fisheries Department issued a ban on the selling and eating of shellfish around the waters of Binsulok which were found to be highly toxic containing high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP).

Among the highly toxic sea shells are oyster, meretix, mussels and turritella.

As such, members of the public are prohibited from selling or consuming the shellfish until the waters of Binsulok are clean and free from any Pyrodinium bahamense var compressuem which is well known for producing PST.

Faizal said water samples around the Kinabenua oyster farm were also taken and sent to the laboratory for testing and the results were found to be negative.

“The Labuan Fisheries Department has consistently taken water samples, including around the waters of Pulau Papan and Pulau Burung since February and the results has also been found to be negative.

“We have also taken samples of marine life from Kampung Kiamsam and Kampung Bebuloh and all tested negative,” he told Bernama today.

He said officials from his department would continue to monitor the safety of marine life in the waters of Labuan which is located near the waters of Binsulok.