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BFAR Identifies Areas Positive of Red Tide

PHILIPPINES - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has released results of a laboratory study conducted by the National Red Tide Task Force on areas in the country found positive of red tide toxins.

BFAR Region 10 Director Visa Tan-Dimerin noted that Misamis Occidental still turned positive of the paralytic shellfish poison, while the Taguines Lagoon in Camiguin on the other hand remained free from toxic red tides.

The latest BFAR shellfish bulletin no. 09, released last 3 April, also declared Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte, Masinloc Bay in Zambales, and Bataan coastal waters (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay, and Samal) in danger for paralytic shellfish poison.

Fishermen and consumers are strictly prohibited not to harvest, sell, buy, and eat all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or "alamang" in areas showing high levels of toxins and going beyond the regulatory limit.

However, fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe to eat, provided it is fresh and washed thoroughly, with gleaned off gills and intestines before cooking.

Lucy Towers

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