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Shellfish Bulletin No.43

Series of 2017

26 December 2017

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Laboratory Services



Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) 600.00 php
Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison (DSP) 3,000.00 php
Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) 2,500.00 php
Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP)) 4,000.00 php
Tetrodotoxin (TTX) 600.00 php
Polycavermoside (POL) Polycavermoside (POL)
Plankton 600.00 php







MBMS Protocol (Revised 23 July 2009)


Sample for Marine Toxin Analysis
I. Sample Size
         A. Shellfish : 100 grams shellfish meat
            500 grams if shelled
         B. Fish : at least one (1) of marketable size
         C. Krill : 100 grams
         D. Crabs : Three (3) crabs per sample
         E. Plankton : at least 100 mL
II. Sample Label
         A. Sample Name (Scientific Name / English Name / Local Name)
         B. Date Collected
         C. Place Collected
         D. Hauling Depth (for Plankton sample)
III. Sample Condition
     A. Shellfish
         1. Meat must be removed or shucked from shell (PSP,ASP, DSP)
         2. Samples should be sealed in properly labelled plastic containers
         3. Shellfish should be submitted frozen/chilled and uncooked
     B. Fish
         1. Fish samples should be frozen. If freezing is not possible,keep the fish samples in ice
         2. Wrap each fish samples individually and with corresponding label
         3. Fish samples should be submitted fresh/frozen/chilled and uncooked
     C. Krill
         1. Samples should be sealed in properly labelled plastic containers/bottle
         2. Should be submitted fresh/frozen
         Note: NO SALT ADDED is a must
     D. Crabs
         1. The carapace length of mud crab and san crab samples must not be less than 10 cm. and weighing not less than 200 grams per individual
         2. Samples must be submitted LIVE
         3. Samples must be placed in properly labelled containers
     E. Plankton Sample
         1. Each sample must be split into two
                 a. Preserved with formalin (Formalin added should be 10% of the actual sample volume)
                 b. Fresh and kept chilled until submitted to the laboratory
         2. Sample container should be properly labelled polypropylene bottles
IV. Documents Required
     A. HFIU from 201 for CFP analysis (samples for health certificate)
     B. Analysis form provided by the laboratory
     C. Letter of Request/Endorsement letters form government agencies




Cyanide Protocol (Revised 23 July 2009 )


Submission Protocols: Sample for Cyanide Analysis
I. Sample Size
         A. Fish : 1 for every group of 50 for food fish 5 samples for every group of 100 ornamental fish
         B. Water : at least one (1) of Liter
         C. Crystalline Solid : 1 tablet or a part thereof
II. Sample Label
         A. Sample Name (Scientific Name / English Name / Local Name)
         B. Date Collected
         C. Place Collected
         D. Control Number (Palawan samples)
III. Sample Condition
         A. Fish
                 1. Sample should be submitted Live or Frozen
                 2. Samples should be sealed individually in properly labeled containers
                 3. Samples that show signs of decomposition will be rejected
         B. Water
                 1. Water samples should be kept in tightly sealed properly labeled polypropylene or glass amber bottles.
                 2. Samples should be kept at 4?C and kept in ice during transport
         C. Crystalline Solid
                 1. Water samples should be kept in tightly sealed properly labeled polypropylene or glass bottles.
                 2. Sample must not be mixed with water and fish samples
IV. Documents Required
         A. CRLFSTE for commercial samples from Palawan
         B. Analysis request from provided by the laboratory
         C. Letter of Request/Endorsement letters form Government agencies