Red tide warning up in several coastal towns in Visayas, Mindanao
Marje Pelayo • April 6, 2019 • 2616
MANILA, Philippines – Residents in several coastal towns in the country are warned against eating shellfish due to red tide contamination.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) announced on Friday (April 5) that the coastal waters of Balite Bay in Mati City, Davao Oriental and Sta. Maria in Davao Occidental are positive of red tide toxin.
Also affected by the contamination are the waters of San Pedro Bay in Western Visayas; Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur; and the coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran in Bohol.
The BFAR, meanwhile, clarified that fish, squid, shrimp, and crabs are still safe to eat provided that they are properly cleaned before cooking. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Thursday warned the public against collecting and eating shellfish gathered from 10 coastal areas in the country due to red tide toxins.
In its Shellfish Bulletin No. 6 dated March 10, BFAR said its latest laboratory tests on shellfishes collected from several coastal waters in various parts of the Visayas and Mindanao indicated positive results for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
These coastal areas include:
Coastal Waters of Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan
Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon
Coastal Waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol
Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental
Coastal Waters of Calubian, and Cancato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte
Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur
Murcielagos Bay (Sapang Dalaga and Baliangao) and Coastal Waters of Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental
Taguines Lagoon, Benoni, Mahinog in Camiguin
Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental
Lianga Bay and Coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur
Shellfish Bullentin No. 06 Series of 2021 March 10, 2021
BFAR said that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the areas mentioned are not safe for human consumption.
On the other hand, 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, it added.
“Knowing its importance to our country’s economy and overall food security, it is our duty to protect these species from further degradation using a science-based approach to fisheries management, parallel with the strategies of the OneDA approach to effect transformation in the agro-fishery sector,” DA-BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona said of the order which took effect midnight of Tuesday (February 16).
Gongona added that conservation measures like the sardine closed season are integrated in the National Sardines Management Plan which the DA-BFAR is already adopting.
Under the Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) No. 167-3 s. 2013, the government places the Visayan Sea and its vicinities under closed fishing season from November 15 to February 15 annually.
Said measure aims to ensure the protection and conservation of sardines and herrings (Clupeidae), as well as mackerels (Scombridae) in the said fishing ground during their spawning period.
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