BFAR issues red tide warning
by Henry D. Daquipel
Cagayan de Oro City (10 February) -- The latest laboratory tests conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and local government units (LGUs) show that the shellfish collected in certain areas are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison which is beyond the regulatory limit.
These areas include Dunmanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Sorsogon Bay and Juag Lagoon in Matnog, Sorsogon; Bislig Bay in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur and Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental.
This information indicates that all kinds of shellfish and Acetes sp. or "alamang" collected from the affected areas have ingested marine biotoxins and therefore not safe for human consumption.
However, fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe as long as they are fresh and washed thoroughly. The internal organs like the gills and intestines must be removed before cooking.
Areas which are free from toxic red tides include: coastal waters of Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Navotas, Bulacan, and Bataan in Manila Bay; coastal waters of Alaminos, Anda, Bolinao, and Wawa, Bani in Pangasinan; Masinoc Bay in Zambales; coastal waters of Milagros and Mandaon in Masbate; Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay and Honda Bay in Palawan; coastal waters of Pilar, President Roxas, Pontevedra in Negros Occidental; Irong-irong, Masqueda and Villareal Bays in Samar; Ormoc, San Pedro, Cancabato and Cacigara Bays in Leyte; Biliran waters in Biliran Province; Hinatuan and Lianga Bays in Surigao del Sur; Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental; and coastal waters of Kabasalan in Sibuguey Bay, Zamboanga Sibugay. (PIA 10) [top]