General Information

Event name: US-16-011
Nature of the harmful event:
Seafood toxins
Event directly affected:
Toxicity detected: Yes (Approximate range: Maximum level of ASP toxin: 53ppm. Maximum level of PSP toxin: 220g.)
Associated syndrome: ASP , PSP
Unexplained toxicity: No
Species implicated in toxin transmission (transvector): ASP toxin: Razor clams. PSP toxin: Blue mussles.
Report the outcome of a monitoring programme: Yes (Marine Biotoxin Program at the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Environmental and Health and Safety.)
Event occurred before in this location: Yes (The Washington coast has been impacted by ASP since 1991.)
Individuals to contact: BORCHERT, Jerry

Location & Date

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Location: Latitude: , Longitude:
General location information: Washington State, Coastal Beaches and Estuaries, Pacific Northwest
HAB Area code(s): US-23
Additional location information:
Bloom event dates (yyyy/mm/dd): Start: 2016-01-01, End: 2017-02-27
Quarantine levels dates (yyyy/mm/dd):
Additional date-related information: PSP: 4/20/16-5/4/16 ASP: spring 2015-present


Causative organism known: Yes
Causative Species/Genus: Pseudo-nitzschia 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: Oxygen content (nL/L): Wind velocity:
Temperature (°C): Oxygen saturation %: Current Direction:
Sechhi disk (m): Salinity: Current Velocity:
Nutrient information:
Temperature Range During Event: Max: °C, Min: °C
Salinity Range During Event:
Bloom location in the water column:
Growth Comments
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Toxin Assay Information

Species containing the toxin Toxin type Toxin details Max. concentration Assay type
Razor Clam Domoic Acid 53ppm LC
Blue Mussels Saxitoxins 220g Bioassay-Mouse
Kit used: No Type of kit used:
Additional information:
Economic losses: Recreational and commercial razor clam harvests were interrupted, causing large economic losses to Washington's coastal communities.
Management decision: WADOH closed shellfish harvesting at impacted areas to protect public health.
Additional harmful effect information:
Created at 10:41 on 27 Feb 2017