OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental (10 Apr 2014) - Shellfish collected from Murcielagos Bay, in the boundary of Misamis Occidental and Zamboanga del Norte, remains safe for human consumption.
This, after the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has come out with Shellfish Bulletin (SB) No. 8, dated April 1, 2014, declaring the area to be free from toxic contamination.
As disseminated in all SB Nos. 01-07, issued by BFAR, during the first quarter this year, the area has been delisted from those with red tide toxins.
This means that all types of shellfish, including Acetes specie or "alamang" or minute shrimps, can now be harvested, sold, bought and eaten, BFAR Officer-in-Charge Drusila Esther E. Bayate said.
Meanwhile, BFAR has declared the following areas in Mindanao as free from red tide toxin: Taguines Lagoon in Brgy. Binoni, Mahinog, Camiguin Island, in Region 10; Hinatuan, Bislig and Llanga Bays in Surigao del Sur of Region 13; and Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental in Region 11.
However, shellfishes collected at Dumanquillas Bay, in Zamboanga del Sur in Region 9, are found positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit, based on the latest laboratory results from BFAR and the local government units (LGU).
Bayate said, all types of shellfish and "alamang" gathered from this red tide area are not safe for human consumption, and gathering, selling, buying them are prohibited.
But fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs gathered from red tide areas may be safe to eat, provided that, they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and the internal organs, such as gills and intestines, are removed before cooking. [PIA 10-Misamis Occidental]