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BFAR issues red tide warning anew for San Pedro Bay, Samar

BFAR issues red tide warning anew for San Pedro Bay, Samar

BFAR issues new red tide warning for San Pedro Bay, Western Samar. Public advised not to gather or consume shellfish from the area for safety.

TACLOBAN CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) National Fisheries Laboratory Division announced on January 23, 2023, that shellfish meat samples collected from San Pedro Bay in Basey, Samar, have tested positive for both Red Tide and Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP). 

Red Tide, also known as harmful algal blooms, is caused by an overgrowth of toxic microorganisms in the water. When shellfish consume these microorganisms, they can accumulate toxins in their meat, making them dangerous to eat. PSP is a neurotoxin that can cause severe health problems, including paralysis and even death, if consumed in high enough doses.

As a precautionary measure, the BFAR advises the public to refrain from gathering, selling and eating all types of shellfish and Acetes sp., locally known as "Alamang or Hipon," from San Pedro Bay. 

This includes any shellfish that may have been harvested from this area in the past, as the toxins can remain present in the meat even after the shellfish have been cooked.

Meanwhile, fish, squid, crab, and shrimp from San Pedro Bay are safe for human consumption, provided they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

The BFAR and local government units (LGU) are closely monitoring the situation in San Pedro Bay to ensure public health and safety and mitigate any impacts on the shellfish industry. 

In addition to San Pedro Bay, a local red tide warning is still in effect for Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City. The public is advised to exercise caution and follow all warnings and advisories issued by the BFAR and LGU to avoid consuming contaminated shellfish or seafood. —iTacloban

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