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May red tide na rin! BFAR raises alert in Palawan, Masbate, Negros

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Red tide toxins are threatening shellfish in parts of Bicol, Southern Luzon and Visayas, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said.

In its Aug. 3 update, the BFAR said Siit Bay in Siaton, Negros Oriental is the latest to test positive for the red tide toxin.

Also, the BFAR warned against collecting shellfish in:

Masbate:
– coastal waters of Mandaon and Placer
Samar:
– Irong-Irong Bay in Western Samar
Palawan:
– Inner Malampaya in Taytay
– Puerto Princesa Bay in Puerto Princesa City

The BFAR said shellfish and “alamang” gathered from these areas “are not safe for human consumption.”

It added there should be no harvesting, selling, buying or eating of shellfish there.

Fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption but have to be fresh and washed thoroughly, the BFAR added.

Their internal organs such as gills and intestines should also be removed before cooking, it said.