The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned the public from catching and consuming shellfish from the coastal waters of Bataan and Samar which remains positive for red tide toxin.
BFAR said shellfish and other fish species from the coastal waters of Bataan peninsula (Mari–veles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal); and Irong-irong Bay in Catbalogan, Samar are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
“All types of shellfish and acetes or alamang gathered and collected from the areas are not safe for human consumption,” the agency said.
BFAR, however, said that several species—including fish, shrimps and crabs—are safe to eat provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.
Meanwhile, several areas surrounding the Manila Bay continued to be free from red tide toxins, including the coastal waters of Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, and Navotas.
Coastal areas near Irong-irong Bay including Cancabato Bay (Tacloban City, Leyte); San Pedro Bay (Palo and Tanauan, Leyte); Carigara Bay (Carigara, San Miguel, Barugo, Capoocan, and Babatngon, Leyte); Ormoc Bay (Ormoc City, Albuera and Merida, Leyte); Sogod Bay (Sogod, Southern Leyte); Cam–batutay Bay (Tarangnan, Samar); and Matarinao Bay (Salcedo, Quinapondan, Hernani, Gen. MacArthur, E. Samar) are free from red tide.