General Information

Event name: US-19-008
Nature of the harmful event:
High Phyto concentration
Event directly affected:
Toxicity detected: Yes (Approximate range: 0.0 - 3068.9 ug/g)
Associated syndrome: PSP
Unexplained toxicity: No
Species implicated in toxin transmission (transvector): Surf clams (Spisula), Mytuilus edulis, Razor clams (Ensis), Mya arenaria, Quahogs (Arctia and Mercenaria), European Oyster (Ostrea), American Oyster (Crassostrea) were found to contain some level of toxin.
Report the outcome of a monitoring programme: Yes (Maine Department of Marine Resources Biotoxin Program)
Event occurred before in this location: Yes
Individuals to contact: Lewis, Bryant , Miller, David

Location & Date

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General location information: Maine Coastline,
HAB Area code(s): US-01
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Quarantine levels dates (yyyy/mm/dd): First detection: 2019-05-01, End: 2019-12-20
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Causative organism known: Yes
Causative Species/Genus: Alexandrium sp. (1740 cells/L)
Co-Ocurring Species/Genus:
Chlorophyll concentration, if known: µg/l
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Environmental Conditions

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Toxin Assay Information

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Economic losses:
Management decision: Surf clams closed 5/1/19. Razor clams closed 6/21/19. Soft shell clams closed 7/1/19 until 8/19/19. Razor and surf clams reopened 12/20/19. Mandatory closure from April October for mussels, European oysters and carnivorous snails.
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Created at 07:17 on 10 Feb 2020
Updated at 07:33 on 10 Feb 2020