PH waters remain free of red tide
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources today said Philippine coastal waters are currently free of red tide and shellfishes collected in the country are safe to eat.
According to the BFAR’s Shellfish Bulletin No. 16 dates May 24, 2016, “shellfishes collected in all coastal waters monitored are now free of red tide toxins.” The bulletin was is based on the latest laboratory results gathered by the BFAR and local government units.
The bulletin was signed by BFAR director Asis G. Perez.
The BFAR declared the country’s waters to be free from red tide on April 8, 2016 when the waters on Cambatutay Bay in Western Samar no longer tested positive for the red tide toxin.
It is called red tide because of the discoloration of sea water caused by one-celled aquatic organisms called dinoflagellates during periodic blooms. The substances released by the dinoflagellates are toxic and may be lethal to fish and other marine life. Red tides occur worldwide in warm seas. (Eileen A. Mencias)