Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 08:41:22 -0500
Source: Source Borneo Bulletin Online, 19 Aug 1998
Via: Clyde Markon
Brunei is maintaining the ban on the import of planktivorous fish such
as mackerel, sardines and molluscan shellfish such as oysters and
mussels from East Malaysia. The decision followed recent information
from the Department of Fisheries, Sabah indicating that the waters of
Sabah especially in Kota Kinabalu, Kota Belud and Kuala Penyu are
still contaminated with Red Tide toxin.
A joint statement by Brunei's Department of Fisheries, Ministry of
Industry and Primary Resources and the Ministry of Health stated that:
"However the waters of the neighbouring places of Labuan, Lawas,
Limbang, Awat-Awat, Sipitang and Miri have been found to be free of
Red Tide. Controlled importation of mackerel caught in these waters is
"As an added precautionary measure the public is advised to completely
remove the guts, gills and other internal organs of fish before
cooking. "The public is also advised to abstain from eating
planktivorous fish and molluscan shellfish such as clams, cockels,
mussels of unknown origin until further notice.
"The public is also informed that the waters of Brunei Darussalam
remain free of Red Tide. Importers of fish and molluscan shellfish are
reminded that under the Fisheries Act, it is an offence to import fish
and molluscan shellfish without permit or which are banned. If found
guilty the penalty is a fine of B$2,500 and one year imprisonment."
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