Warning! Toxic red tide persists in these coastal waters in PH

Published June 26, 2021, 12:48 PM

by Betheena Unite

Coastal waters in 10 places in the country remained positive for toxic red tide, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said.

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

The affected areas include the coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; Daram Island in Cambatutay and Irong-irong Bays in Western Samar; coastal waters of Calubian in Leyte; Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte; Balite Bay in Mati City, Davao Oriental; Lianga and Bislig Bays in Surigao del Sur; coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate; Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; and Murcielagos Bay (Sapang Dalaga and Baliango) in Misamis Occidental.

Based on the latest laboratory results released by the BFAR on June 25, shellfishes collected from the affected coastal waters are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) or toxic red tide that is beyond the regulatory limit.

Meanwhile, the Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City, Leyte; and Tambobo Bay in Siaton, Negros Oriental are now free of the toxic red tides.

All types of shellfish and alamang gathered from the affected coastal waters are not safe for human consumption.

Fish, squids, shrimps and crabs, however, 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.