TACLOBAN CITY-The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has also declared the coastal waters of Daram Island in Samar positive of red tide toxin.
According to the shellfish advisory released by the bureau, on August 25, shellfish samples collected from the area were found positive of red tide toxin.
The toxin found in the shell fish meat samples reached 185 μgSTXeq/100g, exceeding the regulatory limit of 60 ugSTXeq/100g of shellfish meat.
This is now the fourth area in Samar and the sixth in the region to be found positive for the toxin in just one month.
Meanwhile, shellfish products from Irong-Irong, Maqueda, and Villareal Bays in Samar, Carigara Bay in Leyte, and Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar remains positive of red tide toxins.
The areas were declared positive about a week prior to the latest shellfish bulletin.
BFAR continues to inform the public that consuming shellfish products harvested from these areas are still prohibited. (MARWAH JAILANI, LNU Student)