The coastal waters of Panay and Negros Island remain safe from toxic red tide, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

BRAR issued a No Red Tide advisory in the coastal waters of Aklan, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, and Guimaras.

Areas in Aklan stayed red-tide free, such as the 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.

BFAR also confirmed that the 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 safe from red time.

Coastal waters of Negros Occidental also posted negative results from red tide toxins, such as E.B. Magalona, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City, Hinigaran and Victorias City.

Red tide is a phenomenon triggered by an explosive growth and accumulation of certain microscopic algae, predominantly dinoflagellates, in coastal waters.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the harmful algae bloom is made by microscopic algae that create toxins and eliminate fish and make shellfish not edible to consume.  (RJ Espartinez)