The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has included coastal waters of Pangasinan in the list of areas positive for the red tide toxin.
In its Shellfish Bulletin 6-14, the bureau said the coastal waters of Dumanquillas Bay in Zam–boanga del Sur as well as Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal) are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
Moreover, the coastal waters of Bolinao and Anda in Pangasinan are now positive for red tide toxin, the agency said.
The BFAR warned that all types of shellfish and acetes or alamang gathered and collected from the areas are not safe for human consumption.
It, 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 Pinas, Paranaque, Navotas and Bulacan.
Other major fishing grounds in the country, besides the aforementioned areas, continued to be unaffected by the toxins.