Balite Bay in Davao now free from red tide
Shellfish products being sold in Balite Bay in Davao are now safe for public consumption, according to the government.
Based on the latest laboratory results of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Local Government Units (LGUs), Balite Bay, Mati in Davao Oriental are now free of the toxic red tide.
However, shellfishes collected at Irong-Irong Bay, Maqueda Bay, Villareal Bay and coastal waters of Daram Island in Western Samar; Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; Carigara Bay in Leyte; Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental; Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay and Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan; coastal waters of Gigantes Islands, Carles in Iloilo; and coastal waters of Milagros and Mandaon in Masbate are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
BFAR said that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas shown above are not safe for human consumption.
Fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs, on the other hand, are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and wash thoroughly, and internal organs and gills and intenstines are removed before cooking.