Red tide alert in Sabah waters

Azlan Othman

The Fisheries Department under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism yesterday issued an alert, based on information from the Sabah Fisheries Department, that a red tide has been detected in the waters off Kuala Penyu in Sabah.

As a precautionary measure, the public is advised not to eat any shellfish and small fish with gills, guts and internal organs that cannot be removed, or of an unknown origin.

The public is also advised to remove all gills, guts and other internal organs of fish before cooking.

The Fisheries Department has enforced a ban on the importation of shellfish and small fish from areas affected by the occurrence of the red tide.

Although monitoring has revealed the country’s waters to be free from the red tide, the Fisheries Department will continue to monitor the situation and keep the public updated on the latest developments.

The public can assist the Fisheries Department by calling 2770066 (office hours) and 7297771 (hotline) to report any changes in the colour of water, or large amounts of dead fish in Brunei Darussalam’s coastal waters and beaches.