General Information

Event name: US-22-019
Nature of the harmful event:
High Phyto concentration , Seafood toxins
Event directly affected:
Shellfish , Humans
Toxicity detected: Yes (Approximate range: 30-55 micrograms/100 grams shellfish tissue)
Associated syndrome: DSP
Unexplained toxicity: No
Species implicated in toxin transmission (transvector): DSP Toxins: Blue mussel Geoduck Manila clam Pacific oyster
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
Individuals to contact: BORCHERT, Jerry , BARRY, Tracie

Location & Date

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Location: Latitude: , Longitude:
General location information: Washington State, Strait of Juan de Fuca and Bays,
HAB Area code(s): US-24
Additional location information: DSP closures begin in Sequim Bay and Discovery Bay in June. DSP exceeded action levels in oysters, manila clams and mussels beginning 6/8/22. Closure for DSP was extended by PSP toxicity.
Bloom event dates (yyyy/mm/dd): Event Date:2022-06-08
Quarantine levels dates (yyyy/mm/dd): End: 2022-08-30
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Causative organism known: Yes
Causative Species/Genus: Dinophysis spp. ( cells/L)
Co-Ocurring Species/Genus:
Chlorophyll concentration, if known: µg/l
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Environmental Conditions

Weather: Turbidity (NTU): Wind direction:
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Temperature (°C): Oxygen saturation %: Current Direction:
Sechhi disk (m): Salinity: Current Velocity:
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Temperature Range During Event: Max: °C, Min: °C
Salinity Range During Event:
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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
Blue Mussels Okadaic Acid 55 g/100g tissue LC
Geoduck Clams Okadaic Acid 39 g/100g LC
Manila Clams Okadaic Acid 30 g/100g LC
Pacific Oysters Okadaic Acid 32 g/100g LC
Kit used: No Type of kit used:
Additional information:
Economic losses: Recreational, commercial and Tribal ceremonial and subsistence shellfish harvests were interrupted, causing cultural and economic loss to Strait of Juan de Fuca Washington communities
Management decision: WADOH closed shellfish harvesting at impacted areas to protect public health.
Additional harmful effect information: No human/animal illnesses reported.
Created at 01:18 on 6 Apr 2023