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Honda Bay tests positive for red tide

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AFP

THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said the coastal waters of Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, Palawan has tested positive of the paralytic shellfish poison. “Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan is now positive for red tide toxin,” read the BFAR’s Shellfish Bulletin No. 40 released Dec. 5. Meanwhile, the bureau also noted that the following areas remain positive of the paralytic shellfish toxin: Coastal waters of Irong-Irong Bay, Maqueda Bay, Villareal Bay and coastal waters of Daram Island in Western Samar; Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; Carigara Bay in Leyte; Inner Malampaya Sound and Taytay in Puerto Princesa; and coastal waters of Milagros and Mandaon in Masbate. BFAR warned that all types of shellfish and alamang in these contaminated areas are unfit for harvest, selling, and consumption. Other species such as fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe to eat provided these are fresh and thoroughly cleaned. — Janina C. Lim

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