KOTA KINABALU: The fish from the district’s waters are still safe for consumption despite the ongoing red tide phenomenon in the area, said State Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Junz Wong.

He disclosed that the State Fisheries Department had issued a warning on a red tide phenomenon after detecting the algal bloom in the Kota Kinabalu waters.

“The red tide has reached a dangerous level but it would not be harmful to consumers to consume all fish,” said Junz in a statement.

“All kinds of fish, shellfish, prawns, crabs and squid are safe to eat by clearing their stomachs and gills,” he added.

However, Junz pointed out that the phenomenon could be detrimental to fish that were kept in cages as their gills could be clogged, causing them to eventually die.

“It is advisable to move your fish from cages to ponds or tanks.

“The sea water must also be filtered before putting it into the fish pond or tank,” he explained.

It is understood that the red tide kills fish due to the lack of oxygen in the water.