THE Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan and parts of the Visayas were found positive for paralytic shellfish poison or “red tide”, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warned on Wednesday.
“Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan is now positive for red tide toxin,” BFAR said in its Shellfish Bulletin 40 dated December 5.
Also affected were: Daram Island, Irong-Irong Bay, Maqueda Bay, Villareal Bay and Cambatutay Bay in Western Samar; Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; Carigara Bay in Leyte; Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan; coastal waters of Mandaon in Masbate; and Bataan coastal waters (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal).
“All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption,” the BFAR said.
The bureau added that “fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.” NEIL A. ALCOBER