Red tide alert lifted in Masbate town after 7 months
LIGAO CITY—The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has lifted the red tide alert status in Milagros town in Masbate province after seven months.
Consuming shellfish products gathered from the waters around the town since July 22 is now safe, BFAR said in an advisory released on July 25.
“Our wait is over for the lifting of the red tide ban in Milagros, Masbate. For the last seven months, the coastal waters of Milagros have been positive for red tide toxins, which have limited the gathering and collection of shellfishes and ‘alamang’ (krill) from the area,” Nonie Enolva, chief fisheries resource management section of BFAR Bicol, told the Inquirer in a text message.
She said the agency was glad that since December 5, 2021, no paralytic shellfish poisoning and fatality were caused by the red tide toxins.
In the country, only the coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol, Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga Del Sur and Lianga bay in Surigao Del Sur are positive for red tide.
“We hope that in the next few weeks or months, all of these fishing grounds are free of red tide toxin,” Enolva added.
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