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By Dan Rudy 

Shellfish tests indicate low-to-negligible metals contamination


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Arthur Larsen rakes for cockles on a Wrangell beach April 20 as Southeast Alaska Conservation Council water program director Guy Archibald assists. They and other volunteers participated in a four-beach study for Wrangell Cooperative Association's IGAP office, which sought to measure the presence of metals and organic pollutants in area shellfish.

Test results for shellfish compiled by the local Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (IGAP) office have been released. Working locally in partnership with Wrangell Cooperative Association, IGAP's primary mission is to undertake projects focused on addressing environmental and quality of life problems.

On April 20, IGAP staff and volunteers collected littleneck and butterneck clams, cockles, horse clams and other commonly-consumed shellfish from three beach locations along Zimovia Strait. The project's goal was to assess accumulated contaminants in shellfish commonly collected by...

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