Recent tests conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Honda Bay have shown the area to be still contaminated by red tide.

Shellfish Bulletin No. 12 released on June 22 by BFAR reiterated the warning to the public against the consumption of shellfish from Honda Bay.

“All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption,” the advisory said.

Other infected shellfish are in the waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental; and Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

Meanwhile, fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe for consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and that internal organs and gills are removed before cooking.

On June 10, the city government issued an advisory, warning residents to refrain from consuming shellfish from the area because samples that were tested were found to be positive for the Pyrodinium Bahamanse var. compressum, an organism that causes the collective term “red tide”.