BFAR Bicol raises red tide warning in Sorsogon, Masbate bays

LEGAZPI CITY, December 7 (PIA) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Bicol warned the public to avoid consumption, gathering and selling of shellfishes from Sorsogon Bay and Mandaon Bay in Masbate province due to red tide.

Ms. Nonie Enolva, BFAR-Bicol spokesperson said that based from the latest sampling from Sorsogon Bay, it was found out that the area is positive from paralytic shellfish toxin, mostly known as red tide.

“We earnestly advise fishers not to gather and sell shellfishes such as green mussel (tahong), carpet shell (baduy), pen shell (baloko), blood cockle (piyong and takal), oyster (talaba) and other shellfishes (surusalapi, kagot, tikhan, bukawel, ugpan, punaw, etc.) in the area, Enolva narrated.

Some residents also in Milagros town in Masbate province have suffered food poisoning after eating shellfish, causing one resident to demise, Enolva disclosed.

“Some residents in Milagros, Masbate had suffered food poisoning and led to eventual demise of one. As of posting, we are still awaiting for the official report from our Provincial Fisheries Office. The BFAR 5 thru regional director Nelson Bien issued local advisories for Sorsogon Bay and the Municipal Waters of Mandaon, Masbate,” she said.

Enolva also warned the public to refrain from gathering, selling and eating of “alamang” or krill from areas contaminated with red tide.
“Fish, crab and squid can be eaten but all entrails must be removed and washed thoroughly before cooking. The BFAR and LGU continuously monitor these areas to safeguard public health and protect the shellfish industry,” she said. (PIA5-NNLuces)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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