BFAR lifts red tide alert over Sapian Bay, keeps ban over parts of 6 Visayas provinces

February 15, 2016 11:40 pm 

By Cielito M. Reganit

MANILA, Feb. 15 (PNA) — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has lifted the red tide alert over parts of Sapian Bay in Capiz and Aklan as their coastal waters were found to be free of toxic red tide.

In its Shellfish Bulletin No. 04 issued last Feb. 12, BFAR said that the coastal waters of Sapian Bay (Ivisan and Sapian in Capiz; Mambuquiao and Camansi in Batan, Aklan) are now free of the toxic red tides.

But the Red Tide alert warning remains hoisted over several coastal waters in six provinces in the Visayas, where gathering, trading and consumption of shellfishes are banned.

BFAR said that based on the latest laboratory results, shellfishes collected at Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental; coastal waters of Dauis in Bohol; coastal waters of Daram Island in Daram, Irong-Irong and Cambatutay Bays in Western Samar; coastal waters of Leyte and Carigara Bay in Leyte are still positive of paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

Also still positive for red tide are the coastal waters of Pilar in Capiz; in Gigantes Islands in Carles, Iloilo; and in Naval, Biliran Island Province.

BFAR said that all types of shellfish and alamang gathered from the affected areas were not safe for human consumption.

Residents are advised not to sell, buy or consume shell fishes from these areas.

But fish, squid, shrimp, and crabs caught there are safe for human consumption provided they are fresh and washed thoroughly and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking. (PNA)

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