By Marisol Bo-oc | 02:04 PM November 09, 2021
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned against the consumption of shellfish harvested from
coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City after red tide (harmful algal bloom) was monitored.
In a Nov. 5 advisory, BFAR urged the public “to refrain from eating, gathering or harvesting, transporting or marketing shellfish until such time that toxicity level has gone down below the regulatory limit.”
The BFAR also said the following additional areas below are now positive for the red tide toxin:
Villareal, Cambatutay and San Pedro Bays in Western Samar;
-Carigara Bay (in Leyte) and the coastal waters of Leyte in Leyte;
-Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar;
-Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; and
-Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur
All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the areas are not safe for human consumption.
However, fish, crabs, squids and shrimps 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.”