Red tide alert up in Samar, Masbate

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THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned the public to refrain from catching and consuming shellfish that were caught from the coastal waters of Masbate and Western Samar, after tests concluded that marine products from those areas are positive for red tide toxin.

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In its Shellfish Bulletin No.22-14, BFAR said the coastal waters of Irong-irong Bay in Western Samar are positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

Moreover, the coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate are now positive for red tide toxin, the agency said.

BFAR also warned that all types of shellfish and acetes or ‘alamang’ gathered and collected from the areas are not safe for human consumption.

The agency, however, said several species—including fish, shrimps and crabs—are safe to be consumed provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and their internal organs are removed before cooking.

Meanwhile, several areas surrounding Manila Bay continued to be free from red tide toxin, including the coastal waters of Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, and Navotas as well as the coastal waters of the Bataan Peninsula (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal.

Major fishing areas of Alaminos, Wawa and Bani in Pangasinan; Masinloc in Zambales; coastal waters of 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 also unaffected by the red tide toxin.

BFAR said samplings in Eastern Samar, Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental and Camiguin Island also tested negative for the toxin.

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