General Information

Event name: US-96-014
Nature of the harmful event:
Seafood toxins
Event directly affected:
Toxicity detected: Yes (Approximate range: 456 g STXeq / 100 g mussels.)
Associated syndrome: PSP
Unexplained toxicity: No
Species implicated in toxin transmission (transvector): Mussels.
Report the outcome of a monitoring programme: Yes
Event occurred before in this location: Yes (General area has had PSP problems in the past from unapproved (classified) area of harvest.)
Individuals to contact: OSTASZ, Michael J.

Location & Date

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Location: Latitude: 58.425000, Longitude: -152.815278
General location information: Kodiak Island., Alaska.
HAB Area code(s): US-26
Additional location information: Pillar Creek area on Kodiak Island, Alaska.
Bloom event dates (yyyy/mm/dd): Event Date:1996-05-10
Start: 1996-05-10,
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Causative organism known: No
Causative Species/Genus: Alexandrium sp. ( cells/L)
Co-Ocurring Species/Genus:
Chlorophyll concentration, if known: µg/l
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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
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Growth Comments
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Toxin Assay Information

Species containing the toxin Toxin type Toxin details Max. concentration Assay type
Mussels Saxitoxins STX eq 456-435 Bioassay-Mouse
Kit used: No Type of kit used:
Additional information: PSP Tests: a) Mussel soup (mussel cooked in wine sauce) negative for PSP; b) Vomitus negative for PSP; c) Mussels from area (6 days later) 456 and 435 g/100 g
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