ORMOC CITY-The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Wednesday (Nov. 16) issued a red tide warning at Irong-Irong Bay in Catbalogan City.

The BFAR said that based on the shellfish meat sample collected from Irong-Irong Bay, is positive with paralytic shellfish toxin (saxitoxin) based on the laboratory examination conducted by their fisheries laboratory.

Thus, the public is asked to refrain from gathering, selling, and eating all types of shellfish like the ‘alamang’ or ‘hipon’ from Irong-Irong Bay.

The BFAR also reported that local red tide advisories are still imposed in San Pedro Bay in Basey, Samar, Guiuan in Eastern Samar, and Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City.

BFAR said that fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs from these aforementioned areas are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.