red-tideTACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Dec. 8 (PIA) – Red tide toxins remain in seven coastal areas in Eastern Visayas prompting the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to issue a shellfish ban in said areas.

According to the latest laboratory results of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources(BFAR), dated December 6, 2016, shellfishes collected at Irong-Irong, Cambatutay Bays in Western Samar; Matarinao bay in Eastern Samar; Leyte, Calubian and Carigara Bays in Leyte and the waters of Naval, Biliran are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

Shellfish bulletin no. 37 series of 2016 also disclosed that all types of shellfish and acetes sp. or alamang gathered from said bays are not safe for human consumption. But other sea products like fish, squids, shrimps and crabs can be eaten provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and the internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

However, there are areas in the region which are free from red tide organisms such as Maqueda bay, Villareal and the coastal waters in Daram, Samar; San Pedro bay and Cancabato bay in Tacloban City, Leyte. “This means that shellfishes and other marine products from said coastal waters are safe for human consumption.

Thus, it is free to harvest, sell, buy and eat,” BFAR OIC Fatima Idris said.(PIA8)