Two bays in E. Visayas positive with parasitic shellfish poisoning

Published November 6, 2018, 11:12 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Marie Tonette Grace Marticio 

TACLOBAN CITY – Two bays in Eastern Visayas are now positive with paralytic shellfish poisoning.


Seawater along Cancabato Bay in this city is now positive of red tide toxin, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 8.

BFAR Leyte provincial director Julius Alpino said laboratory results of the Regional Marine Biotoxin Laboratory disclosed that the Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) in the coastal areas of Cancabato Bay is beyond the regulatory limit.

“Water samples collected in the area were positive of Pyrodinium bahamense variety compressum, a microorganism that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning,” Provincial Fisheries officer Julius Alpino said.

The official emphasized that eating, harvesting, marketing and buying shellfishes and Acetes sp. locally known as ‘alamang or hipon’ from Cancabato Bay are prohibited until such time the shellfish toxicity level has gone down below the regulatory level.

Fish, squid, crab and shrimp can be eaten but all entrails must be removed and washed thoroughly before cooking.

Meanwhile, BFAR8 regional director Juan Albaladejo shared that Matarinao Bay remains infested since August this year.

Albaladejo expressed optimism that once the rains brought by northeast monsoon (Amihan) come, the water will cool down and its salinity will decrease clearing the waters from the bloom.

He added that although shellfish ban has been raised in red-tide-infested areas, it also has good effects on the waters since it will allow the shellfish to grow and be ready for harvesting in the future.