Bays from Wester Samar, Surigao del sur, red-tide free –BFAR
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) declared Cambatutay and Maqueda Bays in Western Samar and Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur free from red tide toxins.
More than a week ago, the three bays were under BFAR’s list of areas that were positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit. Although seafood coming from these areas are now safe to eat, the bureau is reminding the public to still be vigilant as several areas are still on the list.
BFAR warns against harvesting, selling, buying and eating all types of shellfish and Acetes or alamang gathered from Irong-irong bay and Silanga bay, Cancabato Bay, Taccloban City, Coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran city, in Bohol and Puerto Princessa bay in Palawan as they are not safe from human consumption.
However, 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.