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BFAR issues red tide advisory in 12 Eastern Visayas areas

/ 01:00 PM March 03, 2021

BORONGAN CITY –– The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has reported the existence of red tide toxin in 12 areas of Eastern Visayas, posing a threat to shellfish harvesting and trading in the region.

BFAR Assistant Director for Operations Juan Albaladejo, in a statement, said the red tide started in the third quarter of 2020, where a mild El Niño caused a long dry season.

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Albaladejo advised the public to refrain from gathering, selling, and consuming all-types of shellfish.

Shellfish harvesting, marketing, and transportation from the affected areas should be controlled and regulated by local governments.

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Since last year, red tide pollutants have been impacting coastal areas and some bays in the region, according to a BFAR advisory.

Affected areas include Calubian in Leyte province; Guiuan, Eastern Samar; Cambatutay Bay in Tarangnan, Samar; Zumarraga, Samar; Daram, Samar; Leyte coastal areas, Leyte; Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City; and Matarinao Bay stretching across the towns of General MacArthur, Hernani, Quinapondan, and Salcedo in Eastern Samar; Biliran in Biliran province; Carigara Bay in Leyte; San Pedro Bay in Basey, Samar; and Ormoc Bay in the towns of Ormoc, Merida, and Albuera in Leyte.

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TAGS: BFAR, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Eastern Visayas, red tide, shellfish harvesting
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