Red tide alert still up in 2 areas in Eastern Visayas; 10 areas now safe from red tide toxin — BFAR-8

(Photo from BFAR-8)

Tacloban City  – Two (2) bays in Eastern Visayas are still affected by red tide infestations as the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) raised a warning on Thursday, March 11, against the consumption of shellfish meat taken from these areas.

Based on the latest results of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Local Government Units (LGUs), SHELLFISHES collected at these waters are still POSITIVE for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) that is beyond the regulatory limit. 

(Shellfish Bulletin No. 6, March 10, 2021)


1. Coastal Waters of Calubian, Leyte
2. Cancabato Bay (Tacloban City)

All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. locally known as "Alamang or Hipon" gathered from the above-mentioned areas are NOT SAFE for human consumption. While, fish, squid, crab, and shrimp are safe to eat provided that all entrails are removed and washed thoroughly with running water before cooking.


Further, the following 10 areas mentioned below are now NEGATIVE for Paralytic Shellfish Poison. Shellfish harvested from these areas are now SAFE for human consumption. Likewise, gathering and/or harvesting, and marketing of shellfish are now permitted in these areas.

1. Coastal Waters of Daram Island in Western Samar (Shellfish Advisory No. 13)
2. Coastal Waters of Zumarraga in Western Samar (Shellfish Advisory No. 14)
3. San Pedro Bay in Western Samar (Shellfish Advisory No. 15)
4. Cambatutay Bay in Western Samar (Shellfish advisory No. 16)
5. Coastal Waters of Leyte, Leyte (Shellfish Advisory No. 17)
6. Carigara Bay in Leyte (Shellfish Advisory No. 18)
7. Ormoc Bay in Leyte (Shellfish Advisory No. 19)
8. Coastal Waters of Biliran Island (Shellfish Advisory No. 20)
9. Coastal Waters of Guiuanin Eastern Samar (Shellfish Advisory No. 21)
10. Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar (Shellfish Advisory No. 22)

—Tacloban News Update with advisory from BFAR-8

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