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Red tide warning still up for Malampaya Sound

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) latest bulletin stated that the coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay town remain contaminated with paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) while Honda and Puerto Princesa Bays continue to be toxin-free.

Shellfish Bulletin No. 07 released by BFAR on March 23 said laboratory results for shellfish collected at the Inner Malampaya Sound are still positive for PSP that is beyond regulatory limits.

The bureau stated that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are still not safe for human consumption.

“Fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh, washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.”

The red tide toxins are known to cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP), which can be fatal to humans if ingested by consuming shellfishes.

Other coastal waters with positive red tide toxin include Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental; Coastal Waters of Calubian, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte; Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Murcielagos Bay (Sapang Dalaga and Baliangao) and Coastal waters of Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental; and Taguines Lagoon, Benoni, Mahinog, in Camiguin; Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental; and Lianga Bay and Coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.

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