General Information

Event name: US-03-016
Country: UNITED STATES
Nature of the harmful event:
Seafood toxins
Event directly affected:
Toxicity detected: Yes (Approximate range: Max. 469 g/100 g)
Associated syndrome: PSP
Unexplained toxicity: No
Species implicated in toxin transmission (transvector):
Report the outcome of a monitoring programme: Yes (Maine Department of Marine Resources)
Event occurred before in this location: Yes (Almost annually)
Individuals to contact: BEAN, Laurie L.

Location & Date

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Location: Latitude: , Longitude:
General location information: Western Maine., Maine.
HAB Area code(s): US-02
Additional location information:
Bloom event dates (yyyy/mm/dd): Start: 2003-06-09,
Quarantine levels dates (yyyy/mm/dd):
Additional date-related information: Closures repealed 7/7/03 5/11/03 - Lumbos Hole, last toxicity 6/30/03, for spring bloom.

Microalgae

Causative organism known: Yes
Causative Species/Genus: Alexandrium spp. ( cells/L)
Co-Ocurring Species/Genus:
Chlorophyll concentration, if known: µg/l
Additional bloom information:
Event-related bibliography:

Environmental Conditions

Weather: Turbidity (NTU): Wind direction:
Stratified water: No Oxygen content (nL/L): Wind velocity:
Temperature (°C): Oxygen saturation %: Current Direction:
Sechhi disk (m): Salinity: Current Velocity: 0
Nutrient information:
Temperature Range During Event: Max: °C, Min: °C
Salinity Range During Event:
Bloom location in the water column:
Growth:
Growth Comments
Additional Environmental information:

Toxin Assay Information

Species containing the toxin Toxin type Toxin details Max. concentration Assay type
Mya arenaria Saxitoxins STX eq 469 Bioassay-Mouse
Mytilus edulis Saxitoxins Bioassay-Mouse
Modiolus modiolus Saxitoxins Bioassay-Mouse
Kit used: No Type of kit used:
Additional information:
Economic losses:
Management decision: Closure of shellfish harvest areas.
Additional harmful effect information:
IOC/UNESCO ISSHA
IOC/UNESCO ICES PICES