BFAR-8 warns of red tide incidents in 12 E. Visayas bay

Published June 23, 2021, 3:13 PM

by Philippine News Agency

TACLOBAN CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-8) warned against the prevailing red tide incident in at least 12 bays in Eastern Visayas.

In Samar province, red tide alert is up in Cambatutay Bay (Tarangnan); Maqueda Bay (Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas, San Sebastian, Calbiga, Pinabacdao, and Hinabangan); Villareal Bay (Villareal); Coastal Waters of Daram, Samar; San Pedro Bay (Basey); Coastal Waters of Zumarraga, Samar; and Irong-irong Bay (Catbalogan).

In Leyte province, the Coastal Waters of Calubian, Leyte; Carigara Bay (Babatngon, San Miguel, Barugo, Carigara, and Capoocan, Leyte); Ormoc Bay (Ormoc, Albuera, and Merida); Cancabato Bay (Tacloban City) have likewise been infested.

The Coastal Waters of Matarinao Bay (General MacArthur, Hernani, Quinapondan, and Salcedo) in Eastern Samar province was also found positive with the red tide bloom.

Based on the latest laboratory examination conducted by the BFAR-8 Regional Marine Biotoxin Laboratory, the public is still advised to refrain from gathering, selling, and eating all types of shellfishes and acetes sp. locally known as “alamang or hipon” from these areas.Eating red tide-infested ‘shellfish may cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP).

PSP occurs from ingesting shellfish such as mussels, oysters, and clams that contain red tide toxins.

These toxins can cause severe and life-threatening neurological effects. BFAR-8 said red tide is usually a natural phenomenon that can happen in a specific place with no warnings.