Red tide warning up in Bataan, Pampanga

November 26, 2018

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) yesterday warned consumers from Pampanga and Bataan against eating all kinds of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang after the coastal waters of the two provinces were found to be positive for red tide toxin.

The BFAR has prohibited the harvesting, selling, buying and eating of all kinds of shellfish and alamang from the coastal waters of Pampanga and Bataan, particularly in Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal.

The Agency also banned the harvesting of shellfish from Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur;  coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate; and Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan since they are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

However, the BFAR said fish, squids, shrimps and crabs collected from the same areas are safe for human consumption provided they are fresh and washed thoroughly and the internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

The areas that continue to be free from toxic red tide are the coastal waters of Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Navotas, Bulacan and Manila Bay.