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BFAR-8 issues red tide warning for Cancabato Bay in Tacloban

BFAR-8 issues red tide warning for Cancabato Bay in Tacloban

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) issued a red tide warning for Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City.

TACLOBAN CITY – Based on BFAR-Regional Fisheries Laboratory's Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) method, a shellfish meat sample collected from CANCABATO BAY in TACLOBAN CITY is POSITIVE for Paralytic Shellfish Toxin (Saxitoxin).

While waiting for the BFAR Central Office confirmatory test results using the Receptor Binding Assay, the WARNING is issued as precautionary advice to the public to refrain from gathering, selling, and eating all types of shellfish and Acetes sp, locally known as M Alamang or Hiponn from Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City.

On the other hand, fish, squid, crab, and shrimp are safe to eat if all entrails are removed and thoroughly washed with running water before cooking.

The BFAR and LGU are closely monitoring the aforementioned area in order to protect public health and the shellfish industry. —iTacloban

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