THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has issued a red tide alert for waters in Bataan, Masbate, Bohol, Zamboanga del Sur, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur.

The affected areas based on BFAR’s latest test results include Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay and Samal in Bataan; Milagros in Masbate; Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Litalit Bay, San Benito in Surigao del Norte; and Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur.

All types of shellfish and alamang (krill) gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption.

However, fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe to eat, provided they are washed thoroughly and gutted before cooking. 

Consuming shellfish affected by red tide can lead to skin irritation, nausea, and shortness of breath, while more severe cases can cause paralysis and respiratory problems. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson

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