Red tide update: where it’s safe to buy shellfish

RED TIDE ALERT: Map shows areas currently affected by red tide (BFAR Bulletin No. 6, dated February 29, 2012)

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources released Shellfish Bulletin No. 6, on Tuesday, March 6, which indicated that shellfish collected from these areas are still positive for paralytic food poisoning, also known as Red Tide:

  • Damanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur;
  • Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental
  • Masinloc Bay in Zambales;
  • the Bataan coastal waters (Mariveles, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal);
  • Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; and
  • the coastal waters of Bolinao, And a and Alaminos in Pangasinan.


BFAR Bulletin no. 6, which is dated February 29, 2010, said all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. (locally known as alamang) from the areas indicated are not safe for human consumption. 

Fish, squids and crabs may be consumed provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

The following areas are free from toxic red tides, according to Bulletin No. 6:



  • The coastal waters of Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Navotas, and Bulacan in the Manila Bay;
  • the coastal waters of Milagros and Mandaon in Masbate;
  • Juan Lagoon in Matnog, and Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; and
  • the Honda and Puerto Bays in Puerto Princesa City, and Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, Palawan.


  • The coastal waters of Pilar, President Roxas, Panay, Roxas City, Ivisan and Sapian in Capiz;
  • the coastal waters of E.B. Magalona, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Valladolid, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City, Hinigaran, Cadiz City, Victorias City, Bago City and San Enrique in Negros Occidental;
  • Irong-irong, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Samar;
  • Ormoc, San Pedro, Cancabato and Carigara Bays in Leyte; and 
  • the Biliran waters in Biliran Province.


  • Hinatuan, Bislig and Lianga bays in Surigao del Sur;
  • Taguines Lagoon in Benoni Mahinog, Camiguin Island; and
  • the coastal waters of Wawa, Bani in Pangasinan.  


The BFAR, a bureau under the Department of Agriculture, typically releases its shellfish bulletins every 14 days. Below is a copy of the current bulletin, which supercedes the previous shellfish bulletin, dated February 23, 2012.  –

RED TIDE NOTICE. Where it's safe to buy shellfish

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