TACLOBAN CITY – Red tide phenomenon continues to thrive in two areas in Leyte province, affecting the gathering and trading of shellfish, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) reported on Thursday.
In an advisory, the BFAR regional office confirmed that red tide toxins have affected coastal areas of Calubian, Leyte; and Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City since early this year.
“We urge local government units in these affected areas to impose the shellfish ban to ensure public safety. All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. locally known as ‘alamang’ gathered in Cancabato and Calubian are not safe for human consumption,” BFAR Regional Director Norberto Berida said in a phone interview.
Fish, squid, shrimp, and crab are safe to eat provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking, the official said.
Berida said they expect that the dry season and sudden heavy downpour may prolong the red tide phenomenon in these areas and may trigger the recurrence in other areas traditionally hit by red tide.
Red tide is a term used to describe a phenomenon where the water is discolored by high algal biomass or the concentration of algae. (PNA)