BFAR detects red tide in 2 areas in Bohol

By Marisol Bo-oc | 09:08 PM May 17, 2023

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Wednesday, May 17, said that it detected red tide in two areas in Bohol province.

In a statement, BFAR said shellfishes collected and tested from coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol are still positive for Paralytic Shellfish Poison or toxic red tide that is beyond the regulatory limit.

Other affected areas are San Pedro Bay in Samar; Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; and Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur.

According to the bureau, shellfish and acetes or alamang from the area are not safe for human consumption.

The BFAR also cautioned people from these areas not to harvest, buy, sell or eat shellfish and alamang due to red tide toxins.

“Fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe from human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are remove before cooking,” said the BFAR.

According to the National Ocean Service of the United States, the presence of red tide happens when harmful algae has a population boost, creating toxins that are harmful to people and animals.

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