BFAR issues red tide alert for coastal waters of Guiuan, Eastern Samar

BFAR issues red tide alert for coastal waters of Guiuan, Eastern Samar

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 8 has issued a red tide alert for the coastal waters of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, after paralytic shellfish toxin was detected in samples collected in the area.

TACLOBAN CITY – The BFAR-Regional Fisheries Laboratory determined that a shellfish meat sample from the Coastal waters of GUIUAN in EASTERN SAMAR is POSITIVE for Paralytic Shellfish toxin (saxitoxin) based on an examination.

The public is therefore advised to REFRAIN FROM GATHERING, SELLING, AND EATING ALL TYPES OF SHELLFISH AND Acetes sp., locally known as "Alamang or Hipon," from this area pending the results of the BFAR Central Office's confirmatory tests, in order to protect human life and minimize impacts to the shellfish industry.

LATEST RED TIDE ADVISORY! October 27, 2022 Shellfish meat sample collected from the Coastal waters of GUIUAN in...

Posted by BFAR Region 8 on Thursday, October 27, 2022

Additionally, "the same LOCAL SHELLFISH ADVISORY remains in effect for SAN PEDRO BAY (Basey, Samar), CANCABATO BAY (Tacloban City), and IRONG-IRONG BAY (Catbalogan City, Samar)," according to the advisory.

Fish, squids, shrimp, and crabs from these areas are safe for human consumption if they are fresh, thoroughly cleaned, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed prior to cooking. —iTacloban

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