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Five locations are red tide monitored: BFAR

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) reported Tuesday that tests conducted in five water regions had revealed the presence of red tide or paralytic shellfish toxin.

Nazzer Briguera, the chief information officer of the BFAR, issued a warning at the Laging Handa public briefing against buying, selling, and eating shellfish obtained from the coastal waters of Milagros, Masbate; Dauis, Tagbilaran City, Bohol; Dumanquillas bay, Zamboanga del Sur; Litalit bay in San Benito, Surigao del Norte; and Lianga Bay, Surigao del

“Our message is, don’t buy, don’t sell, don’t carry any form of shellfish and little shrimps from those locations,” he stated in Filipino. “This includes mussels, oysters, and even tiny shrimp from the aforementioned waterways.

But Briguera pointed out that the locals could still consume round scads, squid, shrimp, and crabs.

In the meantime, the BFAR reassured the public that it will continue to increase production in order to guarantee a plentiful supply of fish and achieve fish sufficiency in the Philippines.

According to Briguera, larger boats are being given to local fishermen to assist them increase their catch.

In light of the impending food crisis, Briguera advised young students to use their scholarships to contribute to the country’s drive for sustainable food production.

He noted that eligible learners might benefit from free tuition, a book allowance, and assistance with their theses.

Checking social media for scholarship updates is encouraged for interested applicants.

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