Red tide back in Cancabato Bay

Red tide back in Cancabato Bay

BFAR warned the public to refrain from gathering, selling, or eating shellfish from Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City due to the red tide phenomenon.

TACLOBAN CITY – Red tide phenomenon has returned to Cancabato Bay in this city, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Eastern Visayas on Tuesday, October 11.

Cancabato Bay tested positive for Pyrodionium bahamense, a toxic microorganism that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning, according to a confirmatory test conducted by BFAR-8's Marine Biotoxin Laboratory.


In its updated local red tide advisory, BFAR warned the public to "avoid possible shellfish poisoning by refraining from gathering, selling, and eating all types of shellfish and Acetes sp (alamang or hipon) from Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City."

Posted by BFAR Region 8 on Monday, October 10, 2022

Meanwhile, fish, squid, crab, and shrimp are safe to eat if the entrails are removed and thoroughly washed under running water before cooking.

The BFAR and the local government of Tacloban City are closely monitoring the above-mentioned area to protect public health and the shellfish industry. —iTacloban

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