Red tide toxins surge in Visayas, Mindanao

  • Written by Cory Martinez
  • Published in Provincial
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Coastal areas in the Visayas and Mindanao regions found positive for red tide toxin continue to
increase in number with the inclusion of Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur in the list.

In Shellfish Bulletin No. 41, series of 2017, issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic
Resources (BFAR), all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang collected from said area is now
positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
The other coastal waters that are still positive for red tide toxin are Daram Island, Irong-
Irong Bay, Maqueda Bay, Villareal Bay and Cambatutay Bay in Western Samar; Matarinao Bay in Eastern
Samar; Carigara Bay in Leyte; Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa City and Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in
Palawan; coastal waters of Mandaon in Masbate; and Bataan coastal waters (Mariveles, Limay, Orion,
Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal).
BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona said harvesting, selling, buying and eating of shellfishes and
alamang coming from the said areas are prohibited.
However, fish, squids, shrimps and crabs collected from the same 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 and Bulacan in Manila
Bay continue to be free from red tide toxin.