Red tide warning raised over Asid Gulf in Masbate

Marje Pelayo   •   September 9, 2020   •   836

BICOL, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Bicol has announced that the waters of Asid Gulf in Milagros, Masbate is positive for red tide toxin.

All types of shellfish and acetes sp or alamang gathered in this area contain high levels of paralytic shellfish poison that are beyond the regulatory limit, making them unsafe for human consumption. 

“Last ng mag-conduct kami ng routinary inspection and sampling, nagpositive po iyong tubig pero iyong tahong sample hindi pa siya (The last time we conducted routinary inspection and sampling, the water was positive but the mussels were not at that time),” said BFAR Masbate OIC Diomedes Ballebar.

“Nagsecond confirmatory sampling and nung second result na lumabas noong Friday both na po iyong tahong at tubig is positive sa red tide toxin (We did a second sampling on Friday which showed the water and the shellfish being positive for red tide toxin),he added.

Meanwhile, the BFAR said that other marine animals like fish, crabs and squid in the area remain safe for consumption provided that they are cleaned well and their internal organs removed before being cooked properly.

BFAR Bicol together with the local government unit is constantly monitoring the situation in the area for the protection of the community and Milagros’ shellfish industry.

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18 coastal areas in PH high in red tide toxin — BFAR

Marje Pelayo   •   May 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) announced high toxicity levels in the waters of 18 coastal areas in the Philippines.

The agency said, water samples obtained from these areas were found to be positive for paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) or toxic red tide in the latest laboratory results of BFAR and the local government units announced on May 8.

These areas include:

Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan;
Coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol;
Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental;
Coastal waters of Calubian in Leyte;
Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental;
Lianga and Bislig Bays, and coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.
Coastal waters of Daram Island, and Zumarraga, Cambatutay and Villareal Bays in Western Samar;
Coastal waters of Leyte, Carigara and Ormoc Bays, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte;
Coastal waters of Biliran Islands;
Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte

BFAR warned that all types of shellfish and Acetes (alamang) from the areas are not safe for human consumption.

However, fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs remain 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 agency said.

BFAR warns of shellfish poisoning in 20 coastal areas in PH

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2021

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 declares shellfish ban in 18 areas

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has announced a shellfish ban in 18 areas due to red tide contamination.

Based on the latest laboratory tests conducted by BFAR and the local government units (LGUs), shellfishes collected in the following areas are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

The infected areas include:

  • coastal waters of Sual in Pangasinan;
  • coastal waters of Pampanga;
  • coastal waters of Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay and Samal);
  • Puerto Princesa Bay,
  • Puerto Princesa City in Palawan;
  • coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol;
  • Irong-irong, San Pedro, and Silanga Bays in Western Samar.

Likewise, Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte is now positive for red tide toxin, the agency said.

Eating toxin-contaminated shellfish can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. After ingestion, the toxin immediately affects the nervous system with symptoms usually occurring within 30 minutes.

Red tide toxin contamination may cause respiratory paralysis and could be fatal.

#RedTidePHShellfish Bulletin No. 21Series of 2019 dated November 15, 2019Based on the latest laboratory results of…

Posted by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Central Office on Monday, 18 November 2019

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