LEGAZPI CITY, January 15 (PIA) - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Bicol reiterated that the coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate and Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon are still positive for red tide toxin as per the Shellfish Bulletin no. 1 issued on Tuesday.
BFAR-5 said that shellfish collected in these areas in Bicol is positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
It emphasized that all types of shellfish "alamang" are not safe for human consumption.
"Fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption, provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking," BFAR said.
Other areas that are still positive for red tide toxin include Biliran Islands, Bohol (Coastal waters off Dauis town and Tagbilaran City), Davao Oriental (Balite Bay, Mati City), Eastern Samar (Coastal waters of Guiuan), Leyte (Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City, and coastal waters of Calubian), Negros Oriental (Tambobo Bay in Sianton), Palawan (Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City, Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay), Surigao del Sur (Hinatuan), Western Samar (coastal waters of Zumarraga) and Zamboanga del Sur (Dumanquillas Bay).
Additionally, BFAR said that the coastal waters of Daram Island and Cambatutay Bay in Western Samar; Matarimao Bay in Eastern Samar; and Carigara Bay in Leyte are now positive for red tide toxin. (PIA5/BFAR5/DDC)