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By Dan Rudy 

More butter clams carrying PSP risk


January 26, 2017

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

IGAP technician Kim Wickman tows a fine net for water sampling Monday at Shoemaker Harbor. Water samples, air and temperature readings are accounted for as part of ongoing shellfish sampling at the beach nearby.

A new sample site shows more butter clams carry the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning for consumers, according to a report released last week.

Since last year Wrangell Cooperative Association's Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (IGAP) staff have been collecting samples of various bivalves from the beaches around Shoemaker Bay on a weekly basis. It added a new site further south to its monitoring, near Pats Landing. It was here that the butter clam samples showed unsafe concentrations of saxitoxin, which causes PSP.

PSP can be fatal, causing paralysis in humans. It begins w...

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