Red tide still pestering certain areas in PH
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned that certain fishing zones in the country are still positive for red tide toxin, thus making all types of shellfish caught in these areas are not safe for consumption.
Based on the latest laboratory results of the 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 are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
Other areas that are positive to red tide also include Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay and Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan; and coastal waters of Milagros and Mandaon in Masbate.
According to BFAR, 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 intestines are removed before cooking.