BFAR tells public to be cautious on shellfish consumption
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned the public to be more cautious on their shellfish consumption as more and more of the country’s coastal waters are turning positive for red tide.
Based on the latest laboratory results of BFAR and Local Government Units (LGUs), 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; Balite Bay, Mati in Davao Oriental; 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 Mandaon in Masbate are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
Moreover, coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate are now positive for red tide toxin.
BFAR said that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the area 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.
In the meantime, the following areas continue to be free from toxic red tides: coastal areas of Cavite, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Navotas, Bulacan, and Bataan in Manila Bay; coastal areas of Bolinao, Anda, Alaminos, Sual and Wawa, Bani in Pangasinan; Masinloc Bay in Zambales, among others.