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Central Luzon Still Free from Red Tide

Lucy Towers
11 September 2013, at 1:00am

PHILIPPINES - Bulacan, Zambales, and Bataan provinces remain clear from paralytic shellfish poison or most commonly known as red tide.

“The coastal waters of Bulacan in Manila Bay; Masinloc Bay in Zambales; and coastal waters of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay, and Samal in Bataan remain free of the toxic red tide,” the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Shellfish Bulletin dated September 4 reported.

BFAR said shellfish from the mentioned areas can still be gathered, harvested, and sold in markets and are safe for human consumption.

Meanwhile, shellfish collected at Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental; and Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; and Balite Bay, Mati Davao Oriental and Coastal Waters of Milagros in Masbate are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

All types of shellfish and Acetes ap or alamang from the areas mentioned are not safe for human consumption.

“Fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe for human consumption provided these are fresh and washed thoroughly and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking,” BFAR added.