• BFAR warns of ‘red tide’

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    The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned the public from harvesting and eating shellfish from the coastal waters of Masbate, Pangasinan and Bataan peninsulas, which are still declared positive for red tide toxin. In its Shellfish Bulletin No. 2-15, the BFAR said the coastal waters off Milagros in Masbate; Anda, Alaminos and Bolinao in Pangasinan; and those off Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal in Bataan are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit. The BFAR also said that acetes (alamang) gathered and collected from these areas are not safe for human consumption. The fish, shrimps and crabs are declared safe though provided these are fresh and washed thoroughly, with its internal organs removed before cooking. The bureau is continuously monitoring other areas as part of its proactive approach in safeguarding public health.

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