Red tide toxin detected in parts of Masbate, Capiz, and other areas —BFAR
Toxic red tide beyond the regulatory limit has been detected in parts of Masbate, Capiz, and other areas, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said.
The BFAR said in its February 21 bulletin that the toxic red tide or paralytic shellfish poison has been detected in shellfish collected and tested from the following areas:
- coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate;
- coastal waters of Panay, President Roxas, and Pilar in Capiz;
- coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol;
- San Pedro Bay in 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 shown above are NOT SAFE for human consumption," it said.
However, the BFAR said it is safe to eat fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs as long as these are fresh, washed thoroughly, and their internal organs such as gills and intestines have been removed before cooking.
The BFAR also said Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte "is now free of the toxic red tide." —KG, GMA Integrated News