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The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said Puerto Princesa Bay remains positive for the paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
In its latest bulletin no. 25 dated December 13, BFAR noted that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. (alamang) gathered from Puerto Princesa Bay are still not safe for human consumption.
However, the advisory said that fish, shrimps, squids, and crabs harvested from the area are safe for consumption provided they are fresh and washed thoroughly.
Internal organs such as gills and intestines must also be removed before cooking, the advisory added.
On the other hand, the advisory noted that the city’s Honda Bay and the coastal waters of Taytay in the province remain free from toxic red tides.
Red tide is a common term used for a phenomenon known as an algal bloom.
It is an event when a rapid accumulation of estuarine, freshwater or marine microscopic algae occurs.
The toxin in the coastal waters can affect humans, fish, marine mammals, and even birds.