Red tide affects seafood sales in Bataan

By Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 08 2010 06:29 PM | Updated as of Nov 09 2010 02:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Sales of seafood at the Balanga public market in Bataan have slowed down ever since the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources issued a red tide advisory last Saturday.

Eight provinces are affected by the advisory including Bataan, Sorsogon, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Occidental, Leyte, Eastern Samar and Surigao del Sur.

The BFAR has warned the public against eating bivalves such as clams and oysters harvested in these areas. However, shrimp, crab, and other fish are safe to eat as long as they are fresh and cleaned thoroughly.

Some consumers, however, opt to stay away from seafood in general, hurting the sale of merchants.

No victims of red tide have been reported in the province of Bataan so far.

Authorities said the threat of red tide may linger for as long as a month.