Davao Oriental coastal water now free from red tide
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has lifted the red tide warning for the Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental.
Based on the latest laboratory results of the BFAR and Local Government Units (LGUs), all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from this area are now safe for human consumption.
However, shellfishes collected at Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan; San Pedro, Maqueda, Irong-irong, Silanga and Cambatutay Bays in Western Samar; Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur; and coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
Fish, squids, shrimps and crabs caught in these areas 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.