BFAR-8 warns for red tide toxin in 6 areas in Eastern Visayas

(Cancabato Bay. Wikimedia Commons)

Tacloban City  – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-8 (BFAR-8) on Wednesday issued a red tide warning in 6 areas in Eastern Visayas after shellfishes gathered were fo
und positive for red tide toxin or paralytic shellfish poison which are not safe for human consumption.


In an advisory, BFAR said that all types of shellfish and gathered from the following areas in Region 8 should be avoided:

  • Coastal Waters of Biliran Islands
  • Coastal Waters of Calubian, Leyte
  • Coastal Waters of Leyte, Leyte
  • Coastal Waters of Guiuan, Eastern Samar,
  • Cancabato Bay - Tacloban City
  • Coastal Waters of Zumarraga, Samar

“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,” BFAR said in a report.

On the other hand, coastal waters of Bataan; coastal waters of Daram Island, Cambatutay, Irong-irong, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Western Samar; and Carigara Bay in Leyte are now free of the toxic red tides. iTacloban

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