BFAR warns of shellfish poisoning in 20 coastal areas in PH

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2021   •   241

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and local government units (LGUs) issued a warning on Tuesday (January 12) that shellfishes collected in several parts of the country are still positive for paralytic poison that is beyond the regulatory limit. 

The affected areas include:

  • Honda and Puerto Princesa Bays in Puerto Princesa City;
  • Coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound;
  • Taytay in Palawan; 
  • Coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate; 
  • Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; 
  • Coastal waters Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; 
  • Tambobo Bay, Sianton in Negros Oriental; 
  • Coastal waters of Zumarraga in Western Samar; 
  • Coastal waters of Calubian, Leyte, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte; 
  • Coastal waters of Biliran Islands; 
  • Coastal waters of Guiuan in Eastern Samar; 
  • Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental; Lianga bay and Coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur; 
  • Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur.

Moreover, coastal waters of Daram Island and Cambatutay Bay in Western Samar; Matarimao Bay in Eastern Samar; and Carigara Bay in Leyte are now positive for red tide toxin.

BFAR advised residents nearby to refrain from consuming all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas as they are not safe for human consumption.

Meanwhile, 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.

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BFAR warns shellfish poisoning in 21 coastal areas in the country

Marje Pelayo   •   December 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Tuesday (December 15) announced that shellfishes collected from 21 areas were found positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond regulatory limit.

According to BFAR’s shellfish bulletin dated December 14, the agency noted that all types of shellfish and acetes or alamang, gathered from the following areas are not safe for human consumption:

  • Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay, and Samal in the province of Bataan; 
  • Honda and Puerto Princesa City in Palawan; 
  • Coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate; 
  • Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; 
  • Coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; 
  • Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental; 
  • Coastal waters of Daram Island, Zumarraga, Cambatutay, Irong-irong, Maqueda, and Villareal Bays in Western Samar; 
  • Coastal waters of Calubian, Leyte, Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City, and Carigara Bay in Leyte;
  • Coastal water of Biliran Islands; 
  • Coastal waters of Guiuan in Eastern Samar; 
  • Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental; 
  • Lianga Bay and Coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur; 
  • Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur.

Meanwhile, the agency 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.

Moreover, Coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan, Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; and San Pedro Bay in Western Samar are now free of the toxic red tides.

BFAR warns of shellfish poisoning in coastal waters of Leyte, Samar

Marje Pelayo   •   December 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warns against consumption of shellfish from coastal waters of Leyte and Samar.

Based on the results of tests conducted by BFAR and local government units (LGUs) on water samples from the area, shellfish collected in these waters were positive for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) that is beyond the regulatory limit.

The affected areas are the following.

  • Coastal Waters of Biliran Islands
  • Coastal Waters of Calubian, Leyte
  • Coastal Waters of Leyte, Leyte
  • Coastal Waters of Guiuan, Eastern Samar
  • Cambatutay Bay- Tarangnan, Samar
  • Maqueda Bay- Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas,San, Sebastian,Calbiga, Pinabacdao, Hinabangan, Samar
  • Villareal Bay- Villareal, Samar
  • Carigara Bay- Babatngon, San Miguel, Barugo, Carigara and Capoocan, Leyte
  • Coastal Waters of Daram, Samar
  • San Pedro Bay- Basey, Samar
  • Matarinao Bay- General MacArthur, Hernani, Quinapondan, and Salcedo in Eastern Samar
  • Cancabato Bay- Tacloban City
  • Coastal Waters of Zumarraga, Samar
  • Irong-irong Bay- Catbalogan, Samar

All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are NOT SAFE for human consumption.

Shellfish poisoning, red tide warning up in several Phl coastal waters

Marje Pelayo   •   October 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Tuesday (October 20) advised the public that shellfish harvested in selected areas are tested with high levels of paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

The affected areas include:

  • Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan;coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate;
  • coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol;
  • Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental;
  • coastal waters of Daram Island, Zumarraga, and Irong-irong and San Pedro Bays in Western Samar;
  • Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte;
  • Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar;
  • Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental; and
  • Lianga Bay and coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.

In an advisory, the BFAR said this was confirmed based on the latest laboratory results of the agency and Local Government Units (LGUs).

Meanwhile, the following coastal waters are also confirmed positive of red tide toxin:

  • coastal waters of Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay and Samal); and
  • coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan.

This prompted the agency to issue a warning that shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption.

#RedTidePHShellfish Bulletin No. 22 Series of 2020dated October 19, 2020Based on the latest laboratory results of…

Posted by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Central Office on Monday, 19 October 2020

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