BFAR noted red tide toxin in Oriental

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The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) confirmed that shellfishes collected from the waters of Tambobo Bay in Siaton town, Negros Oriental is positive of red tide toxin.

Based on the latest laboratory results BFAR said shellfishes are positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption, the advisory stated.

But the bureau clarified 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.

Aside from Siaton, the fisheries bureau also red flagged shellfishes collected at Honda and Puerto Princesa Bays in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan; coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate; Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; coastal waters of Daius and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; coastal waters of Zumarraga in Western Samar; coastal waters of Calubian, Leyte, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte; coastal waters of Biliran Islands; coastal waters of Guiuan in Eastern Samar; Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental; Lianga Bay and coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur; and Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur.

Moreover, coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan is now positive for red tide toxin.

Moreover, coastal waters of Bataan; coastal waters of Daram Island, Cambatutay, Irong-irong, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Western Samar; and Carigara Bay in Leyte are now free of the toxic red tides.

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