Coastal areas in Surigao del Sur, Masbate positive for red tide
The public was told to temporarily stop consuming shellfish products caught in certain coastal areas in the country.
Based on the latest laboratory results of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Local Government Units (LGUs), Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur and coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate are now positive for red tide toxin.
Shellfishes collected at Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; and Puerto Princesa and Honda Bays, Puerta Princesa City in Palawan are also still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
“All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the area shown are not safe for human consumption,” BFAR said.
It also said that fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.