BFAR bans shellfish from Visayas, Mindanao due to red tide

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The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has banned the selling and eating of shellfish bought or harvested from some parts of the coastal waters in Visayas and Mindanao.

On Wednesday, BFAR said shellfishes collected at coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan; Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental; Calubian, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte; Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental; and Lianga Bay and coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

“All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption,” it said.

Fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking, the agency said.

Meanwhile, BFAR said Murcielagos Bay (Sapang Dalaga and Baliangao) and the coastal waters of Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental; and Taguines Lagoon, Benoni, Mahinog, in Camiguin are now free of the red tide toxin.

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