Red tide alert! Stay away from shellfish products from these coastal areas
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned that shellfish products at some coastal waters are still positive for red tide.
Based on the latest laboratory results of BFAR and Local Government Units (LGUs), shellfishes collected at coastal waters of Daram Island, Irong-Irong Bay, Maqueda Bay, Villareal Bay and Cambatutay Bay in Western Samar; Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; Carigara Bay in Leyte; Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan; coastal waters of Mandaon in Masbate; and Bataan coastal waters (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal) 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.
All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the aforementioned 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 intestines are removed before cooking.