17 coastal areas hit by red tide: BFAR

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 06 2017 04:12 PM

At least 17 coastal areas in Luzon and Visaya are still affected by red tide, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said Tuesday.

In a statement, the BFAR said shellfish collected from the following areas tested positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit:

WESTERN SAMAR
- Daram Island
- Irong-Irong Bay
- Maqueda Bay
- Villareal Bay
- Cambatutay Bay

EASTERN SAMAR
- Matarinao Bay 

LEYTE
- Carigara Bay 

PALAWAN
- Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay 

MASBATE
- coastal waters of Mandaon in Masbate

BATAAN (coastal waters)
- Mariveles
- Limay
- Orion
- Pilar
- Balanga
- Orani
- Abucay
- Samal

Last month, BFAR advised the public to "not to harvest, not to sell, not to buy, and not to eat" shellfish from areas affected by the red tide.

"All types of shellfish or alamang gathered from the areas shown above are not safe for human consumption," BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona had said.

"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," the statement read.