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Red tide alert up in Visayas

  • Written by Cory Martinez
  • Published in Provincial
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ALL types of shellfish and acetes sp. or alamang gathered from four bays and three coastal waters in the Visayas region are not safe for human consumption.

In a Shellfish Bulletin No. 13, Series of 2016 issued by Director Eduardo Gongona, of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), shellfish collected from the Irong-irong and Cambatutay bays in Western Samar; Matarino Bay in Eastern Samar and Caringa Bay in Leyte are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison or toxic red tide which is beyond the regulatory limit.
   
The red tide alert is also up in the  coastal waters of Leyte; Naval in Biliran Island province and Milagros in Masbate.
   
Gongona, however, said that fish, squids, shrimps and crabs gathered from the said areas are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and the internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.
   
Meanwhile, the coastal waters of Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Navotas, Bulacan and Bataan in Manila Bay are free from toxic red tide.