Red tide: Consumers warned of contaminated areas in Visayas, Mindanao

By: Angeline Marcelino - | December 03,2023 - 09:05 AM

Red tide: Consumers warned of contaminated areas in Visayas, Mindanao. In photo are shellfish. stock images

MANILA, Philippines — The coastal waters in Pontevedra, Capiz, have tested positive for Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP), surpassing the regulatory limit for the toxic red tide, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) announced on Friday.

While shellfish from some coastal areas have tested negative for the toxin, several locations, including the coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City, Bohol, remain affected, the agency said in its advisory.

Red tide areas

Areas still contaminated with PSP include:

Sapian Bay, Capiz
Coastal waters of Roxas City, Capiz
Coastal waters of Gigantes Islands, Carles, Iloilo
Coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Dumanquillas Bay, Zamboanga del Sur
Lianga Bay, Surigao del Sur
Coastal waters of San Benito, Surigao del Norte

BFAR warned, “All types of shellfish and Acetes, or alamang, from the areas listed above are NOT SAFE for human consumption.”

According to the bureau’s website, consuming shellfish contaminated with PSP can lead to gastrointestinal and neurological illnesses.

The public is advised against harvesting, selling, buying, or consuming shellfish and acetes from these areas affected by red tide.

However, BFAR clarified that fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe to eat if they are fresh and thoroughly washed, with internal organs like gills and intestines removed before cooking.

In a follow-up to their previous advisory, BFAR reported that the coastal waters of President Roxas and Pilar, both in Capiz, are now clear of the red tide toxins.

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