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Red tide alert for 5 Samar bays

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By Marie Marticio

TACLOBAN CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warned against eating, harvesting and buying shellfish harvested from five bays in Samar that are contaminated with red tide.

A few affected areas of the red tide in Eastern Visayas (BFAR Region 8 Facebook Page / MANILA BULLETIN)

A few affected areas of the red tide in Eastern Visayas (BFAR Region 8 Facebook Page / MANILA BULLETIN)

The bays are Maqueda, Irong-irong, Silanga, San Pedro, Basey, and Cambatutay.

BFAR Eastern Visayas Director Juan Albaladejo said water samples collected from the bays were positive of Pyrodinium bahamense variety compressum, a toxic microorganism that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) or red tide.

The samples were examined at the Provincial Marine Biotoxin Laboratory.

“We are issuing this warning as a precautionary advice to the public. Fish, squid, crab, and shrimp can be eaten but all entrails must be removed and washed thoroughly before cooking,” Albaladejo said.

Other waters in the region remained free from red tide, including Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; Villareal Bays and Daram Island in Western Samar; Carigara and Cancabato Bays in Tacloban City; and the coastal waters of Calubian and Leyte in Leyte and Biliran.

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