Red tide alert up in Mandaon, Masbate

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warned locals that shellfish samples collected from the coastal waters of Mandaon, Masbate tested positive for the red tide toxin.

Red tide alert up in Mandaon, Masbate

"To avoid Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP), the public is advised to refrain from eating, gathering, or harvesting, transporting and marketing shellfish from the coastal waters of Mandaon in Masbate until such time that the shellfish toxicity level has gone down below the regulatory limit," the advisory dated June 8, 2015 reads.

"The public is also hereby informed that fish harvested from the said area are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and their internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking," it adds.

The BFAR, along with the Local Government Unit of Mandaon have assured the public that they are monitoring the coastal waters to safeguard public health and protect the fishery industry.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.