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Red tide alert lifted in parts of Eastern Visayas

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The red tide alert has been lifted in some parts of Eastern Visayas, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said over the weekend.

In its Feb. 17 update, the BFAR excluded from its shellfish bulletin Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Western Samar; and Carigara Bay in Leyte.

But it said the red tide alert remains over parts of Eastern Visayas, Mindanao, and Palawan. These include:

– Western Samar: Daram Island, Irong-Irong, Cambatutay Bays
– Davao Oriental: Balite Bay
– Palawan: Puerto Princesa Bay
– Bohol: Dauis and Tagbilaran City
– Eastern Samar: Matarinao Bay
– Leyte: coastal waters of Leyte
– Biliran: coastal waters of Biliran
– Iloilo: Gigantes Islands in Carles

The BFAR reiterated all types of shellfish and “alamang” from the affected areas “are not safe for human consumption.”

It also reminded residents not to harvest, eat, buy or sell such shellfish from the areas.

But fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe provided they are fresh and washed thoroughly. Internal organs like gills and intestines should be removed before eating, it said.