'Red tide' detected in 7 coastal waters in PH; find out where these are

Published May 28, 2021, 8:59 PM

by Betheena Unite

Coastal waters in seven places in the country remained positive for toxic red tide, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said Friday, May 28.

(Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources)

The affected areas include the coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental; coastal waters of Daram Island, and Zumarraga, Cambututay, Irong-irong, San Pedro, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Western Samar; coastal waters of Calubian, Carigara and Ormoc Bays, and Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City, Leyte; Balite Bay and Mati Bay in Davao Oriental; Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte; and Lianga and Bislig Bays in Surigao del Sur.

Shellfish collected from these coastal waters are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) or toxic red tide that is beyond the regulatory limit, BFAR said.

All types of shellfish and alamang gathered from these areas are “not safe for human consumption”.

However, fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe to eat as long as they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.