Some coastal waters across PH positive of red tide toxin

Marje Pelayo   •   December 17, 2019   •   1008

MANILA, Philippines – Several coastal areas across the country have waters positive of red tide toxin.

These include the coastal waters of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay and Samal.

In Palawan, the Puerto Princesa Bay shows positive signs of the toxin.

Red tide toxin is also present in the coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran in Bohol; in Irong-Irong, San Pedro and in Silang, Western Samar; in Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte as well as in Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur.

The Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar is also not safe from the toxin.

According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), eating any kind of shellfish and anchovies from these areas is temporarily banned.

However, other seafoods like fish, squid, shrimp and crabs from these areas can still be consumed provided that they are properly cooked with the inner organs and gills removed. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

BFAR warns of shellfish poisoning in 20 coastal areas across PH

Marje Pelayo   •   February 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has issued a warning against consumption of shellfish gathered from 20 coastal areas across the country.

Based on latest laboratory results, shellfish collected from the following coastal waters are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit:

  • 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 Daram Island, Zumarraga, 
  • San Pedro and Cambatutay Bays in Western Samar; 
  • Coastal waters of Calubian, Leyte, Carigara Bay, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte; 
  • Coastal waters of Biliran Islands; 
  • Coastal waters of Guiuan and Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; 
  • Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; 
  • Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental; 
  • Lianga Bay and Coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur. 

Meanwhile, Ormoc Bay in Leyte is now positive for red tide toxin, the BFAR said.

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

However, other seafoods like fish, squids, shrimps, 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.

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 of shellfish, red tide poisoning in coastal waters across PH

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020

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.

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