The red tide alert remains raised over Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur province following the findings of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) that all types of shellfish taken from this bay were unsafe to eat.
In a red tide advisory dated Feb.15, BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona said that based on recent laboratory tests, the shellfish collected from Lianga Bay still contained “paralytic shellfish poison” beyond the regulatory limits.
The BFAR also continued the ban on the gathering and sale of shellfish in said area until the red tide alert has been lifted.
“All types of shellfish and Acetes species or alamang gathered from the area are not safe for human consumption,” said Gongona.
But fish, squid, shrimp and crabs caught from the area were safe for human consumption provided they were fresh and washed thoroughly, and the internal organs such as gills and intestines were removed before cooking, the BFAR said .
Meanwhile, the agency declared the coastal waters of Bislig City and Hinatuan town free of red tide toxin, effectively lifting the ban on consumption and trade of shellfish gathered from those areas. By GD