Tacloban City – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) issued a warning that the coastal waters of Biliran province is positive for paralytic shellfish poison.
The advisory, sent through a press release to the regional Philippine Information Agency, says that shellfish samples from the seas off Biliran have traces of the red tide toxin.
It says paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxin level in the samples is 464 ugSTXeq/100g of shellfish meat.
To public is advised to not eat, harvest, transport or sell shellfish from Biliran waters until the toxicity level has dropped below the regulatory limit of 60 ugSTXeq/100g of shellfish meat.
Fish harvested from the same area is safe for human consumption provided it is fresh, washed thoroughly and its internal organs such as gills and intestines removed before cooking.
BFAR and the local governments in Biliran are continuously monitoring the coastal waters of the province for red tide blooms.
Based on the latest BFAR laboratory findings, shellfish harvested in Irong-irong and Cambatutay bays in Western Samar; Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; the coastal waters of Leyte, Calubian, and Carigara bays, all in Leyte province still have high levels of PSP.