• Red tide alert up in Bataan, Masbate

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    The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Thursday warned the public on consuming shellfish from coastal waters of Bataan and Masbate which were tested positive of red tide toxin.

    BFAR said shellfish and other fish species from the coastal waters of Bataan peninsula (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal) are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

    BFAR also said that coastal waters of Mandaon in Masbate is now positive for the red tide toxin.

    “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.

    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; Juag Lagoon in Matnog and Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; Honda and Puerto Bays in Puerto Princesa City, and Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, Palawan continued to be 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, Pulupan–dan, Valladolid, 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. Moreover, the coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate are free of red tide.

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