The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Tuesday reported that it has detected red tide toxins in the waters in eight coastal towns and one city in Bataan province.
The affected areas are Orani, Hermosa, Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Samal, Pilar, Abucay, and the city of Balanga, according to the BFAR Central Luzon director Wilfredo Cruz.
The agency warned residents against eating shellfish like mussels (tahong) and acetes shrimp (alamang).
Gathering, transporting, and marketing of shellfish in the said areas are also prohibited as the BFAR is still monitoring Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP).
A tahong and talaba vendor in Samal, Clarrissa Boyo, worries that the red tide would be until Christmas.
“Sana huwag nang umabot ng Pasko ang red tide dahil hindi pa kami nakakapag-ipon. Wala pa kaming ipon dahil hindi namin expect na magkakaroon ng red tide ngayon. Sana huwag nang patagalin para magkaroon kami ng magandang Pasko at Bagong Taon,” she said.
The selling of mussels and oysters was her only source of income for her two children in high school and a baby that consumes milk and diapers.