Researchers are warning the public not to harvest shellfish near Outer Point in Douglas after some butter clams were found to have elevated levels of toxins.
University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences officials issued a public service announcement with the shellfish advisory Wednesday.
According to the statement, the UAF researchers, in partnership with Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins, collected shellfish samples on Douglas Island for testing on May 8. They found that the biotoxin levels were higher than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulatory limit, specifically for paralytic shellfish poisoning.
Shellfish sampling updates will be available on the Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research website at www.seator.org.
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