Irong-Irong Bay now free from red tide
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said Irong-Irong Bay in Western Samar is now free of red tide but warned against harvesting and eating shellfish in nearby Cambatulan Bay and Daram Island and four other areas.
In its Shellfish Bulletin No. 8 dated March 8, 2016, the BFAR said it is still not safe to gather shellfish from the coastal waters of Pilar in Capiz; the coastal waters of Dauis in Bohol; the coastal waters of Naval in Biliaran Island; and the coastal waters of Leyte.
The BFAR said the areas mentioned are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison beyond safe limits. This means all types of shellfish including alamang gathered from the areas are not safe for human consumption.
Fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs gathered are safe to eat for as long as they are fresh, washed well, and all entrails removed before cooking.
Capiz is a major producer of scallops and other shellfish. While red tide is present in the town of Pilar, other areas in Capiz such as Panay, President Roxas, Roxas City, and Sapian Bay are free of the toxin.
Manila Bay, Pangasinan, and Masinloc Bay in Zambales continue to be free of red tide. (By: Eileen A. Mencias)