BFAR lifts red tide advisory

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The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Wednesday announced that it has lifted the red tide warning in all coastal waters nationwide, except for the Bataan Peninsula. In its Shellfish Bulletin No. 4-2015, BFAR said that shellfish and other fish species from coastal waters across the country are free from red tide toxin and are safe to eat. However, those caught in the coastal waters of Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal) are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit. The BFAR said all types of shellfish and acetes or ‘alamang’ gathered and collected from Bataan are not safe for human consumption. Meanwhile, several areas surrounding the Manila Bay continued to be free from red tide toxins, including the coastal waters of Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Navotas, and Bulacan. Major fishing areas of in the country continued to be unaffected by the toxins.

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