Alert in Brunei as Sabah hit by red tide

Rokiah Mahmud

The Department of Fisheries under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) has issued a public advisory after receiving a red tide alert from the neighbouring state of Sabah.

Based on the information from the Sabah Fisheries Department, red tide toxin has been detected in the coastal waters off Kampong Binsulok in Membakut.

As a precautionary measure, the public is advised not to consume any type of shellfish and small fish from the affected areas or places of unknown origin, particularly fish with gills, entrails and internal organs that cannot be removed.

The public is also reminded to remove the gills, entrails and internal organs of a fish, prior to cooking.

A monitoring carried out by the Department of Fisheries has indicated that Brunei waters are free from the red tide phenomenon, but the department will continue to monitor the situation and keep the public informed on the latest developments.

To report occurrences of red tide, changes in the colour of water or amounts of dead fish in Brunei coastal waters and beaches, contact 2770066 (office hours) or 7297771 (hotline).