Coastal waters of Bataan free from red tide
Coastal waters of Bataan are now free from red tide, thus all the shellfish products collected there are already safe for human consumption.
Based on the latest laboratory results of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Local Government Units (LGUs), coastal waters of Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal) are now free of the toxic red tides.
However, shellfishes collected at Irong-Irong Bay in Western Samar; coastal waters of Leyte and Carigara Bay in Leyte; Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur; Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan; and coastal waters of Milagros 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 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.