The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) declared Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur free of red tide toxin, effectively lifting the ban on consumption and trade of shellfish gathered from the area.
The BFAR bulletin on Sept. 9 said the entire Lianga Bay, which covers the municipalities of Lianga, Barobo and parts of San Agustin and Tagbina were no longer plagued by paralytic shellfish poison. It cited lab test results from BFAR and local governments that showed that shrimps, crabs, mussels and oysters from these areas were fit for human consumption.
It also said Hinatuan and Bislig Bays, also in Surigao del Sur, remain “free from toxic red tides.”
Red tide toxins had been detected in the waters off the four towns since July, triggering warnings against the gathering, sale and consumption of all types of shellfish, such as oysters, mussels and alamang (krill).
Red tide, properly known as a “harmful algal bloom,” is a phenomenon where algae multiplies rapidly and produces toxins that are harmful to wildlife and to humans. When eaten, the toxins can cause numbing of the mouth, dizziness, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. By CLC