Red tide warning on shellfish raised


The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) again warned the public against catching and eating shellfish taken from coastal waters of Pangasinan after samples caught in the province proved positive for red tide toxin.

In its Shellfish Bulletin No.8-15, BFAR announced that harvested shellfish and other fish species from the coastal waters of Anda and Bolinao, are still positive for having paralytic shellfish poison levels that are beyond the regulatory limit.

“All types of shellfish and acetes or ‘alamang’ gathered and collected from these areas are not safe for human consumption,” the agency said.

BFAR, however, said 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 areas in the country continued to be unaffected by the toxin, BFAR said.


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