By Marie Tonette Marticio
TACLOBAN City – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 8 warned on Thursday against eating, harvesting, and buying shellfishes in areas covered by two bays in Eastern Visayas due to red tide.
BFAR 8 Regional Director Juan Albaladejo said the water samples collected along Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City and Matarinao Bay covering the municipalities of General MacArthur, Hernani, Quinapondan, and Salcedo in Eastern Samar are positive for Pyrodinium bahamense, a toxic microorganism that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) or ‘red tide’ based on the laboratory examination conducted by the Provincial Marine Biotoxin Laboratory.
“We are issuing this warning as precautionary advice to the public. Fish, squid, crab, and shrimp can be eaten but all entrails must be removed and washed thoroughly before cooking,” he said.
Albaladejo said other coastal areas in Region 8 remain free from red tide microorganisms.
Aside from the regular issuance of the red tide bulletin, the official said that BFAR and the local government units (LGUs) are continuously monitoring the said areas not only to safeguard public health but also to protect the fishery industry.