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Red Tide Toxin Detected in Bohol and Surigao Waters

Red Tide Toxin

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has issued a warning after detecting red tide toxin-producing algae in several coastal areas, necessitating precautionary measures to safeguard public health and marine resources.

Here are some details according to the report of The Philippine Star.

Affected Areas and Toxin Detection

Coastal waters near Dauis and Tagbilaran in Bohol have been identified with levels of paralytic shellfish poison exceeding safety thresholds. Similarly, authorities have confirmed the presence of red tide toxin in Dumanquillas Bay, Surigao del Sur, and San Benito, Surigao del Norte.

To prevent health risks, BFAR has imposed a ban on the consumption, transport, and sale of all shellfish, including alamang, harvested from these contaminated zones. However, consumers can safely consume fish, squid, shrimps, and crabs if they are fresh, thoroughly washed, and cooked with their internal organs removed.

In response to the findings, government agencies are actively monitoring and implementing measures to manage the red tide situation. These efforts aim to protect both consumers and the livelihoods of local fishermen and shellfish gatherers.

Public Advisory

BFAR advisories strongly advise residents and visitors to refrain from consuming shellfish sourced from the identified areas until further notice. Consumption of contaminated shellfish can lead to paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), a serious health condition characterized by numbness, respiratory distress, and even death in severe cases.

The detection of red tide toxin underscores the importance of vigilance in monitoring coastal waters for potential hazards. BFAR continues to work closely with local authorities and communities to ensure timely information dissemination and effective management of the situation, prioritizing public health and safety across affected regions.

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