Fisheries agency issues red tide warning

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THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Wednesday warned the public from catching and consuming shellfish from coastal waters Zamboanga, Misamis Occidental, Davao Oriental and Bataan after testing positive for red tide toxin.

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In its Shellfish Bulletin 27-2013, BFAR said that shellfish and other fish species harvested from the coastal waters of Duman-quillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental, Balite Bay in Mati Davao Oriental and Bataan coastal waters were tested positive of paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

“All types of shellfish and acetes, or alamang, gathered and collected from the areas Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Mur-cielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental 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.

Major fishing areas of Alaminos, Wawa and Bani in Pangasinan; Masinloc in Zambales; coastal waters of Milagros and Mandaon in Masbate; Juag Lagoon inMatnog and Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; Honda and Puerto Bays in Puerto Princesa City, and Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, Palawan, remained unaffected by the toxins.

Also free from red tide were the coastal waters of Pilar, President Roxas, Panay Roxas City, Ivisan and Sapian in Capiz; E.B. Magalona, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Valla-dolid, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City, Hinigaran, Cadiz City, Victorias City, Bago City, Binalbagan and San Enrique in Negros Occidental.

BFAR said that samplings in Eastern Samar, Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental and Camiguin Island tested negative for the toxin. The coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate are also free from red tide toxin.

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