The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has removed Irong-Irong Bay in Western Samar from the list of coastal areas affected by red tide, but warned the public against eating and catching shellfish in five other fishing grounds in the region.
In its Shellfish Bulletin No.8-2016, BFAR said that the coastal waters of Dauis in Bohol; as well as of Daram Island in Samar; Cambatutay Bay in Western Samar; Leyte; Naval, Biliran Island Province; and Pilar in Capiz are still positive for red tide.
The agency said that all types of shellfish and acetes or (alamang) gathered and collected from the areas are not safe for human consumption.
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.
Other major fishing grounds in the country, besides the said areas, continue to be unaffected by the toxins.
Red tide occurs when algae rapidly increase in numbers to the extent that it dominates the local planktonic or benthic community.
James Konstantin Galvez