General Information

Event name: CA-98-006
Country: CANADA
Nature of the harmful event:
Seafood toxins
Event directly affected:
Toxicity detected: Yes (Approximate range: 320 g STXeq / 100 g.)
Associated syndrome: PSP
Unexplained toxicity: No
Species implicated in toxin transmission (transvector):
Report the outcome of a monitoring programme: Yes
Event occurred before in this location: Yes (Shellfish harvesting areas are closed to harvesting annually (generally during summer months) in the Bay of Fundy due to unsafe levels of PSP toxins in shellfish tissues.)
Individuals to contact: MARTIN, Jennifer

Location & Date

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Location: Latitude: , Longitude:
General location information: Northwest Bay of Fundy., Scotia Fundy Region
HAB Area code(s): CA-22
Additional location information:
Bloom event dates (yyyy/mm/dd): Event Date:1998-06-23
Quarantine levels dates (yyyy/mm/dd):
Additional date-related information: Mid May-Mid August.


Causative organism known: Yes
Causative Species/Genus: Alexandrium fundyense (6,720 cells/L)
June 23 at an inshore sampling. Deadmans Harbour.
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: No Oxygen content (nL/L): Wind velocity:
Temperature (°C): Oxygen saturation %: Current Direction:
Sechhi disk (m): Salinity: 32 Current Velocity: 0
Nutrient information:
Temperature Range During Event: Max: 12 °C, Min: 8 °C
Salinity Range During Event:
Bloom location in the water column:
Growth: Advected
Growth Comments
Additional Environmental information: Water column: mixed inshore, stratified offshore.

Toxin Assay Information

Species containing the toxin Toxin type Toxin details Max. concentration Assay type
Mya arenaria, at Lepreau Basin on July 9 Saxitoxins STX eq 320 LC
Kit used: Type of kit used:
Additional information:
Economic losses:
Management decision: A number of shellfish harvesting areas in the Southwestern Bay of Fundy were closed to harvesting for a shorth period during the summer due to levels of PSP exceeding the regulatory limit of 80 g/100g. Areas affected include sites at Grand Manan Island,
Additional harmful effect information: A lower number than normal of shellfish harvesting areas were closed to harvesting for short period of time between late June and Mid August.
Updated at 02:07 on 26 Sep 2013