Shellfish from areas in Visayas, Mindanao affected by red tide
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) cautioned the public from eating shellfish caught in parts of Visayas and Mindanao in a Facebook advisory on Saturday.
According to the BFAR, shellfish from the following areas were found to be positive for paralytic shellfish poison:
- Batan Bay
- Sapian Bay
- Coastal waters of President Roxas
- Coastal waters of Panay
- Coastal waters of Pilar
- Coastal waters of Gigantes islands, Carles
- Coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran
Zambaonga del Sur
- Coastal waters of Dumanquilas Bay
“All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the areas shown above are not safe for human consumption,” the advisory said.
On the other hand, other foods such as fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe as long as they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and their internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.