The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has included the coastal waters of Davao Oriental in the list of areas positive for red tide toxin.
In its Shellfish Bulletin No. 9-15, BFAR said that the coastal waters of Anda and Bolinao, Pangasinan are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
Moreover, the coastal waters of Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental are now positive for red tide toxin, the agency said.
BFAR 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 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 aforementioned areas, continued to be unaffected by the toxins.