THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has maintained its ban on shellfish from three bodies of water found to be contaminated with red tide.
The BFAR said in its Shellfish Bulletin 14 dated June 29 and posted on its Web site only last week that based on latest laboratory results, shellfish from the Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, the Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental, and the Masinloc Bay in Zambales are still positive for paralytic poison.
“All types of shellfish or alamang gathered from the areas [still positive for shellfish poison] above are not safe for human consumption,” BFAR Director Asis G. Perez said in the bulletin.
He said, however, that fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe to eat provided these are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.
Red tide refers to all phenomena in which all water is discolored by the concentration of algae.
BFAR said areas which continue to be free from red tide are the coastal waters of Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Navotas, Bulacan and Bataan; coastal waters of Bolinao, Anda, Alaminos and Bani in Pangasinan; coastal waters of Milagros and Mandaon in Masbate; Juag Lagoon in Matnog and Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; as well as Honda and Puerto Bays in Puerto Princesa City, and Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, in Palawan.
Other areas declared safe were the coastal waters of Pilar, President Roxas, Pontevedra, Panay, Roxas City, Ivisan and Sapian in Capiz; coastal waters of E.B. Magalona, Pulupandan, Valladolid, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City, Hinigaran, Cadiz City, Victorias City, Bago City and San Enrique in Negros Occidental; Irong-irong, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Samar; Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; Ormoc, San Pedro, Cancabato and Carigara Bays in Leyte; Biliran waters in Biliran province; Hinatuan, Bislig and Llanga Bays in Surigao del Sur; Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental; coastal waters of Kabasalan in Sibuguey Bay, Zamboanga Sibugay; and Taguines Lagoon in Benoni Mahinog, Camiguin Island. — L. D. Desiderio