THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has included the coastal waters of Pangasinan in the list of areas positive for red tide toxin.
In an earlier advisory, or Shellfish Bulletin No.24, BFAR said that the coastal waters of Milagros, Masbate are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
Moreover, the coastal waters of Alaminos in Pangasinan 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.
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.
Other major fishing grounds in the country, besides the aforementioned areas, remain unaffected, it said.
BFAR said it is continuously monitoring areas as part of its proactive approach in informing and safeguarding the public and protecting the shellfish industry.