Shellfish ban as red tide alert up in Surigao del Sur’s Lianga Bay

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources on Tuesday warned the public against consuming shellfish collected from Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur, which had been tested positive for red tide toxins. Contributed photo

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Caraga (BFAR-13) warned the public against eating shellfish like tahong (mussels) and alamang (acetes shrimp) collected from Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur, which had been tested positive for red tide toxins.

Visa Tan-Dimeren, BFAR Caraga director, said based on latest laboratory results conducted by BFAR on November 26, the water samples collected from Lianga Bay turned up positive for pyrodinium bahamense variety compressum, a toxic microorganism that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.

She said the gathering and transporting of all types of shellfish in the said area are prohibited.

“To safeguard human lives, while waiting for the result of confirmatory test of shellfish samples sent to BFAR National Fisheries Laboratory Division, this warning is issued as a  precautionary advice to the public to refrain from gathering, selling, and eating all types of shellfishes and Acetes sp. locally known as ‘alamang or hipon’ from Lianga Bay to avoid possible shellfish poisoning,” Tan-Dimeren said.

Red tide toxin can cause gastrointestinal, respiratory and neurological disorders in humans.

She said fish, squids and crabs are safe for consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

She added BFAR was continuously monitoring paralytic shellfish poisons in towns sharing Lianga Bay’s waters, like Barobo and  parts of San Agustin and Tagbina. By CLC

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