The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources declared Panay and Negros Islands’ coastal waters safe from toxic red tide.
In its June 11 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 Mambuquiao, Camanci, Batan, Altavas, New Washington, Batan Bay, Aklan remain 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 toxin, which can kill fish, birds, and marine mammals and cause illness in humans, can last days, weeks or months, and can also change daily due to wind conditions. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN)