Harvesting of all kinds of shellfishes and Acetes sp. or alamang is still prohibited in several coastal areas in the Visayas and Mindanao regions in view of the presence of red tide toxin in said areas.
In Shellfish Bulletin No.24, Series of 2018 issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), shellfishes collected from Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; and Puerto Princesa and Honda Bays, Puerta Princesa City in Palawan are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
The BFAR further disclosed that Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur and coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate are also now positive for red tide toxin.
Aside from harvesting, the BFAR has also prohibited the selling, buying and eating of said marine products collected from the same areas.
The BFAR, meanwhile, clarified that fish, squids, shrimps and crabs gathered from the same areas are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and the internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.
In the same bulletin, the BFAR reported that the areas continue to be free from red tides toxin are the coastal waters of Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Navotas, Bulacan and Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal) in Manila Bay.