BFAR: 16 coastal areas in PH still positive for shellfish toxin

Published February 9, 2021, 5:01 PM

by Betheena Unite

Sixteen coastal waters in the country are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said Tuesday, February 9.

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) (MANILA BULLETIN)
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)

According to the latest laboratory results, shellfishes collected from the coastal waters “are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.”

The affected areas are Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, Palawan; Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; coastal waters in Dauis and Tagbilaran City, Bohol; Tambobo Bay in Sianton, Negros Oriental; coastal waters of Daram Island in Zumarraga, San Pedro, and Cambatutay in Western Samar; coastal waters of Calubian in Leyte, Carigara Bay, and Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City; coastal waters of Biliran Islands; coastal waters of Guiuan and Matarimao Bay in Eastern Samar; Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Balite Bay in Mati City, Davao Oriental; and Lianga Bay and coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.

The BFAR reminded the public that all types of shellfish and alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption.

However, 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.