Milagros, Mandaon, Matnog, Sorsogon Bay safe from red tide — BFAR

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) confirmed yesterday that the coastal waters of Milagros and Mandaon in Masbate, and Matnog and Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon in Bicol are safe from toxic red tide.

Also safe from red tide are the coastal waters of Las Pinas, Cavite, Paranaque, Navotas and Bulacan in Manila Bay; coastal waters of Bolinao and Anda, Sual, Alaminos and Wawa, Bani in Pangasinan; Masinloc Bay in Zambales; Honda and Puerto Bays in Puerto Princesa City and Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, Palawan; coastal waters of Pilar, President Roxas, Panay, Roxas City, Ivisan and Sapian in Capiz; coastal waters of E.B. Magalona, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Valladolid, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City, Hinigaran, Cadiz City, Victoriuas City, Bago City, Binalbagan and San Enrique in Negros Occxidental; Calbayog City in Western Samar, Biliran waters in Biliran province; Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occiodental; Hinatuan, Bislig and Lianga Bays in Surigao del Sur; Balite Bay, Mati, Davao Oriental; and Taguines Lagoon in Benoni Mahinog, Camiguin Island.

Free from red tide

The areas free from toxic red tides, according to BFAR, are coastal areas of Villareal Bay (Villareal, Samar) and Maqueda Bay (Jiabong, Samar), Cancabato Bay (Tacloban City, Leyte), San Pedro Bay (Palo and Tanauan, Leyte), Carigara Bay (Carigara, San Miguel, Barugo, Capoocan, and Babatngon, Leyte), Ormoc Bay (Ormoc City, Albuera and Merida, Leyte), Sogod Bay (Sogod, Southern Leyte), Cambatutay Bay (Tarangnan, Samar), and Matarinao Bay (Salcedo, Quinapondan, Hernani, Gen. MacArthur, E.Samar).

Positive for PSP

Meanwhile, shellfishes collected along Irong-irong Bay in Catbalogan, Samar and along Bataan coastal waters (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal) are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison.

Thus, all types of shellfish and alamang (Acetes sp.) gathered from the said area are not safe for human consumption.

The agency has advised the public to refrain from eating, harvesting, marketing, and buying shellfishes and alamang from Irong-irong Bay and Bataan coastal waters and wait for such time when the shellfish toxicity level in the area has gone below the regulatory limit.

Continued monitoring

Meanwhile, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Western Samar are being monitored continuously by BFAR and the local government unit (LGU) as the said areas have just become negative for the red tide toxin according to the negative results for PSP obtained from three consecutive weeks of sampling in the two bays.

Red tide is a large concentration of aquatic microorganisms caused by a few species of dinoflagellates which when ingested, can result to paralytic shellfish poisoning. —With report from Jade D. Miguel/PNA


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