Red tide alert raised in Puerto Princesa, Honda bays in Palawan

Published January 13, 2021, 3:01 PM

by Aira Magdayao

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan–The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) here issued red tide warning in Puerto Princesa Bay, Honda Bay and Inner Malampaya Sound on Tuesday. 

Based on its Shellfish Bulletin No.1 series of 2021, shellfish collected in these areas of Palawan could be positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

All types of shellfish or Acetes sp. or the so-called “alamang” are not safe for human consumption. 

“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,” BFAR said. 

Other areas with positive red tide toxin are the coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate; Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon, the coastal waters Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol, Tambobo Bay, Sianton in Negros Oriental, in Zumarraga in Western Samar, and in Calubian, Leyte, and Cancabato Bay.