The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Friday warned the public from catching and consuming shellfish from coastal waters of Zamboanga del Sur and Bataan, noting that the areas are still positive for red tide toxin.
In its Shellfish Bulletin 1-2014, BFAR announced to the public that harvested shellfish and other fish species from the coastal waters of Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal) and Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur 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.
The agency, on the other hand, lifted the red tide alert in Misamis Occidental and Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte.
Meanwhile, several areas surrounding the Manila Bay remain free from red tide, including the coastal waters of Cavite, Las Piñas, Paranaque, Navotas, and Bulacan.
Major fishing areas of Alaminos, Wawa and Bani in Pangasinan; Masinloc in Zambales; coastal waters of Milagros and Mandaon in Masbate; Juag Lagoon in Matnog and Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; Honda and Puerto Bays in Puerto Princesa City, and Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, Palawan are likewise negative of toxins.
Also free from red tide are the coastal waters of Pilar, President Roxas, Panay Roxas City, Ivisan and Sapian in Capiz; E.B. Ma-galona, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Valladolid, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City, Hinigaran, Cadiz City, Victorias City, Bago City, Binalbagan and San Enrique in Negros Occidental.