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PIA Press Release
2007/09/02

Region 8 coastal areas remain free from toxic red tide

Tacloban City (September 2) -- Eastern Visayans can continue to feast on luscious seafoods and shellfish which abounds in the Region. Likewise fishermen and shellfish farmers will continue to have brisk business.

This is so because based on the latest laboratory results of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Local Government Units concerned the coastal waters of Region 8 remain to be free from toxic red tides.

These include the coastal waters of Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City; Carigara, Ormoc and San Pedro Bays in Leyte, Biliran Waters in Biliran province; and Maqueda, Villareal and Irong Irong Bays in Samar.

Shellfish Bulletin No. 19 of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources signed by Director Malcolm I. Sarmiento confirm the findings of the local BFAD.

The other areas which are free from toxic red tide are the coastal waters of Cavite, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Navotas, Bulacan and Bataan in Manila Bay; the coastal waters of Bolinao, Anda, Alaminos, Wawa and Bani in Pangasinan; the coastal waters of Masinloc and Palauig in Zambales; Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa City and Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan.

Also free from toxic red tide are the coastal waters of Hinigaran, Talisay City, Bacolod City, Victorias City, E>B. Magalona, Pontevedra, Valladolid, San Enrique and Polopandan in Negros Occidental; the coastal waters of Siaton in Negros Oriental; the coastal waters of Kabasalan in Sibuguey Bay, Zamboanga Sibugay; Hinatuan and Lianga Bays in Surigao del Sur; and Taguines Lagoon in Camiguin Island.

The same Shellfish Bulletin informed that shellfish ban is still imposed on the coastal waters of Milagros and Mandaon in Masbate; Juag Lagoon in Matnog and Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; and Bislig Bay in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; and Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental.

All types of shellfish and acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the banned areas are not safe for human consumption. 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. (PIA 8) [top]

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