BFAR warns of shellfish, red tide poisoning in coastal waters across PH

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020   •   325

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warned against consumption of shellfish from coastal waters in several parts of the country due to contamination.

Based on the agency’s latest laboratory results in coordination with the local government units, shellfish collected in the following areas are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit:

Luzon

  • Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay and Samal);
  • Honda and Puerto Princesa Bays in Puerto Princesa City and Coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound
  • Taytay in Palawan; 
  • Coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate; 

Visayas

  • Coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; 
  • Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental; 
  • Coastal Waters of Daram Island, Zumarraga, Irong-irong, San Pedro, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Western Samar; 
  • Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City and Carigara Bay in Leyte; 
  • Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; 

Mindanao

  • 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, Bislig Bay in Surigao del Sur is also positive for red tide toxin.

Thus, all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption, the BFAR said.

However, other marine produce such as fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe to eat provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and all internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

12 areas positive for red tide toxin, BFAR warns

Robie de Guzman   •   December 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Wednesday issued a red tide warning after shellfishes collected in 12 areas in the country were found positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

In an advisory, BFAR said that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the following areas are not safe for human consumption:

  • Honda and Puerto Princesa Bays in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan
  • Coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate
  • Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon
  • Coastal waters of Daius and Tagbilaran City in Bohol
  • Tambobo Bay, Siaton 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

“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,” BFAR said.

The agency also reported that the coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan was also found positive for red tide toxin.

On the other hand, coastal waters of Bataan; coastal waters of Daram Island, Cambatutay, Irong-irong, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Western Samar; and Carigara Bay in Leyte are now free of the toxic red tides.

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.

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