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Some Areas Still Positive for Red Tide in the Philippines

20 May 2013, at 1:00am

PHILIPPINES - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) continues to warn the public that shellfishes collected at Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Murclelagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte, and Misamis Occidental are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison.

The statement was based on laboratory tests conducted by BFAR and Local Government Units.

Visa Tan-Dimerin, BFAR region 10 director, said all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered around the areas identified are not safe for human consumption, prohibiting the public to harvest, sell and buy.

However, squids and crabs are safe to eat provided that these are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

The remaining coastal waters of Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte are still free from toxic red tides.


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