KALIBO, Aklan – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said coastal waters of Panay and Negros Islands’ remain safe from toxic red tide.
In its Dec. 2 bulletin, BFAR issued no red tide advisory in the coastal waters of Aklan, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, and Guimaras
In Aklan, coastal waters of Altavas, Batan and New Washington in Batan Bay; Mambuquiao and Camanci in Batan, Aklan; Sapian Bay covering the towns of Ivisan and Sapian and the towns of President Roxas, Pilar, Panay and Roxas City in Capiz province remained red-tide free.
In the same bulletin, BFAR said coastal waters of Gigantes Islands, Carles in Iloilo and water bodies connecting to Pilar, Panay, President Roxas and Roxas City in Capiz, and Sapian Bay (Ivisan and Sapian) in Capiz are also not affected by red tide warning.
Meanwhile in Negros Occidental, coastal waters of E.B. Magalona, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City, Hinigaran and Victorias City are still negative from red tide toxin.
Red tide is a phenomenon caused by an explosive growth and accumulation of certain microscopic algae, predominantly dinoflagellates, in coastal waters.
The harmful algae bloom, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is caused by microscopic algae that produce toxins that kill fish and make shellfish dangerous to eat. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN)