Harvesting of all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang is still prohibited in several bays and coastal waters in Visayas and Mindanao regions in view of the presence of toxic red tide on said areas.
In Shellfish Bulletin No. 15 Series of 2019 issued by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), shellfishes collected at Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan; San Pedro, Maqueda, Irong-irong, Silanga and Cambatutay Bays in Western Samar; Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur; and coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
The BFAR also disclosed that the Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte is now positive for red tide toxin.
The BFAR said that shellfishes and Acetes sp. harvested in said areas are not safe for human consumption.
However, the BFAR said that fish, squids, shrimps and crabs collected from the same areas are safe for human consumption provided they are fresh and washed thoroughly and the internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.
Meanwhile, the coastal waters of Cavite, Las Pinas, Parañaque, Navotas, Bulacan and Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Abucay and Samal) in Manila Bay continues to be free from toxic red tide.