5 bays, coastal waters remain positive for red tide – BFAR

Photo from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warns the public from eating fish products from various bays and coastal waters all over the Philippines due to the presence of red tide.

In an advisory issued on Thursday, Feb. 7, BFAR said that it is not safe for a person to consume shellfish and alamang from the Matarianao Bay in Eastern Samar; the Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City, Leyte; the Lianga Bay in Surigao Del Sur; the coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbiliran City in Bohol; and the coastal waters of Pampanga.

The latest laboratory results of BFAR and local government units showed that the waters in the said areas remain positive for paralytic shellfish poison beyond the regulatory limit.

The agency also said that fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs from the same coastal areas are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs, such as gills and intenstines, are removed before cooking.

Meanwhile, BFAR also announced that the Puerto Princesa Bay in Pureto Princesa City, Palawan, along with the coastal waters in Mariveles, Limay Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay, and Saml in Bataan are already free of the toxic red tides.


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