We have the results in from our wild shellfish toxin testing program! The razor clams and blue mussels both came in below the regulatory limit for saxitoxins which can lead to paralytic shellfish poisoning. We’ll be doing our next round of sampling in two weeks. KBNERR is not a regulatory agency and the consumption of wild shellfish in Alaska is considered ‘dig at your own risk’. Samples are analyzed for toxicity levels at DEC’s Environmental Health Laboratory in Anchorage. Commercially harvested shellfish are regulated through the DEC and are considered safe for consumption.
For more information on this Phytoplankton Update and the Qualitative Analysis of Phytoplankton Data, click here.