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Mussel samples indicate PSP risk at Shoemaker helipad


A recent reading on shellfish taken from around the Shoemaker Bay helipad has shown elevated risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning.

Blue mussel samples from the site were taken by the local Indian Environmental General Assistance Program office on June 12, and sent to the laboratory maintained by Sitka Tribe of Alaska the next day. The readings came back positive for saxitoxin, the underlying agent responsible for PSP in humans. As a result, residents are advised to avoid eating shellfish from that area for the time being.

Since last year Wrangell’s IGAP office has been monitoring shellfi...

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