General Information

Event name: CA-10-002
Country: CANADA
Nature of the harmful event:
Seafood toxins
Event directly affected:
Toxicity detected: Yes (Approximate range: 4 921 STX equiv./100g)
Associated syndrome: PSP
Unexplained toxicity:
Species implicated in toxin transmission (transvector):
Report the outcome of a monitoring programme: Yes (Phytoplankton monitoring in the western Fundy Isles in the Bay of Fundy)
Event occurred before in this location: Yes (PSP has been detected annually since 1943 in the Fundy region)
Individuals to contact: MARTIN, Jennifer

Location & Date

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Location: Latitude: , Longitude:
General location information: Northwestern Bay of Fundy, Scotia Fundy Region
HAB Area code(s): CA-22
Additional location information:
Bloom event dates (yyyy/mm/dd): Start: 2010-04-13, End: 2010-07-20
Quarantine levels dates (yyyy/mm/dd): First detection: 2010-01-11,
Additional date-related information: area still quarantined as of December 2010


Causative organism known: Yes
Causative Species/Genus: Alexandrium fundyense (943 000 cells/L)
June 29, 2010
Co-Ocurring Species/Genus:
Chlorophyll concentration, if known: µg/l
Additional bloom information:
Event-related bibliography:

Environmental Conditions

Weather: light winds, fog Turbidity (NTU): Wind direction:
Stratified water: Oxygen content (nL/L): Wind velocity: 10 knots
Temperature (°C): 13.8 Oxygen saturation %: Current Direction:
Sechhi disk (m): Salinity: Current Velocity:
Nutrient information:
Temperature Range During Event: Max: 14 °C, Min: 4.7 °C
Salinity Range During Event: Max: 31.76, Min: 30.73
Bloom location in the water column: Whole column
Growth: Advected
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 4 921 LC-MS
Kit used: No Type of kit used:
Additional information:
Economic losses:
Management decision: Shellfish harvesting areas were closed when toxin values exceeded 80 ug/100g, notification and education through signage and media
Additional harmful effect information:
Updated at 06:49 on 19 Sep 2013