MANILA, Philippines – Some sea urchins collected in different seas covered by five areas in the country tested positive for paralytic shellfish poison or toxic red tide.
According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, shellfish caught in the sea covered by Milagros, Masbate tested positive for red tide.
Areas that recorded red tide also include part of Sapian Bay (Ivisan and Sapian), Panay, President Roxas, Pilar and Roxas City in Capiz; Tagbilaran City in Bohol and Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar.
Other than this, the toxic red tide recorded in the seas also includes Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur and Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur.
Because of this, the BFAR reminded that the acquisition, sale and eating of shellfish such as mussels from the aforementioned areas is prohibited because it is not safe to eat.
It is said that it is safe to eat fish, squid, shrimp or crab as long as they are washed well. RNT/JGC
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