More coastal areas positive for red tide
More coastal areas in the country have recently been tested positive for red tide toxin, prompting Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to warn the public on their sale and consumption of any shellfish product.
BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona said today that residents should temporarily avoid selling and consuming shellfish from the coastal areas of Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental; Balite Bay, Mati in Davao Oriental; Villareal and Maqueda Bays in Western Samar; Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; and coastal waters of Gigantes Islands, Carles in Iloilo.
This was based on the latest laboratory results of BFAR and Local Government Units (LGUs).
In the same results, the agency emphasized that shellfishes collected at Irong-Irong Bay, Catbalogan in Western Samar; Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay and Puerto Princesa Bay in Puerto Princesa City, in Palawan; and coastal waters of Mandaon and Placer in Masbate are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
Red tide is a term used to describe all phenomena wherein the water is discolored by high algal biomass or concentration of algae. BFAR said that harmful algal bloom in the Phlippines does not only pose a public health hazard but a major economic threat as well.