Carigara, Villareal seas positive with Red Tide

Tacloban City, Leyte - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region VIII (BFAR VIII) issued on 18 July 2016 separate local red tide warnings on two bays in the region cautioning the public from consuming shellfish products to avoid possible shellfish poisoning. Affected of red tide Carigara Bay in Northern Leyte and Villareal Bay in Villareal, Samar.

BFAR Regional Director, Dr. Juan Albaladejo speaks before fisherfolks in Brgy. Baybay, Catarman, Norther Samar during the turn-over and inauguration of its Community Fish Landing Center on 15 July 2016.
“Based on the laboratory examination conducted by the Provincial Marine Biotoxin Laboratory in Catbalogan City, Samar, water samples collected along Villareal Bay and Carigara Bay are positive of Pyrodinium bahamense variety compressum, a toxic microorganism that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning,” BFAR Regional Director Juan Albaladejo said in red tide warning. 

Samples of shellfish from the affected areas had been sent to BFAR Central Marince Biotoxin in Manila for confirmatory tests. 

Meanwhile, Albaladejo is warning the public to refrain from gathering, selling, and eating all types of shellfishes and Acetes sp. or locally known as “Alamang or Hipon” from Villareal and Carigara Bays to avoid possible shellfish poisoning and safeguard human lives. 

Shellfish poisoning had already claimed lives and put others in danger situation. 

“Fish, squid, crab, and shrimp can be eaten but all entrails must be removed and washed thoroughly before cooking,” Albaladejo announced.
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