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BFAR raises red tide alert in Biliran, Iloilo

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has raised the red tide alert over the coastal waters of Naval in Biliran Island Province and Gigantes Islands in Carles, Iloilo.

BFAR, in its recent shellfish bulletin, said that the coastal waters of Irong-Irong and Cambatutay Bays in Wastern Samar, Matarinao Bay in Eastern and coastal waters of Leyte and Carigaga Bay in Leyte are also still positive for red tide.

The coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate is also still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

Agriculture Undersecretary for Fisheries and BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona said all types of shellfish from these areas are not safe for human consumption.

“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,” Gongona said.

Areas which continue to be free from toxic red tide include the coastal waters of Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Navotas, Bulacan, Bataan, Bolinao, Anda, Alaminos, Sual, Wawa and Bani in Pangasinan, Masinloc Bay in Zambales, Mandaon in Masbate, Juag Lagoon in Matnog and Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon, Honda and Puerto Bays in Puerto Princesa City and Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, Palawan.

Other areas include coastal waters of Capiz, Aklan, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Western Samar, Tacloban City in Leyte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte.

BFAR said other red tide free areas include Misamis Occidental, Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental and Taguines Lagoon in Benoni Mahinog, Camiguin Island.

Topics: Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources , Red tide , Biliran , Naval Biliran , Gigantes Islands , Iloilo
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