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Southern Kenai Peninsula Recreational Shellfish Monitoring Program – May 2013 Results

June 11, 2013

Below is a message from Terry Thompson, Reserve Manager, regarding the recreational shellfish monitoring program:

Good afternoon, I just received the final results of our May sampling of recreational harvested shellfish on the Southern Kenai Peninsula. The collections occurred over the time period of May, 10 – 27, 2013.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank our community monitors who go out every month to harvest shellfish for this testing program. Our monitors include staff from the Ninilchik Traditional Council, Port Graham Village Council, NOAA Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, Jakolof Bay Oyster Company, Homer Fish and Game Sport Fish Division staff, and staff at the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve.

This year we have added Clam Gulch to our monitored beaches for razor clams (north and south of the access road), and we have also added blue mussel monitoring in Jakolof Bay, and discontinued the monitoring of blue mussels in Bear Cove due to a lack of adequate numbers of specimens for collection. We hope these changes to the monitoring program will provide valuable information to recreational harvesters about the status of PSP toxins in Kenai Peninsula shellfish.

All shellfish must have less than 80 ug (micrograms) of paralytic shellfish toxin/100g of tissue to be considered safe for human consumption.

May results for Paralytic Shellfish Toxins (PST) are as follows:

Clam Gulch – South beach, razor clams less than 10.0 ug/100g (Date collected: 5.27.2013)

Clam Gulch – North beach,  razor clams less than 5.0ug/100g (Date collected: 5/11/2013)

Ninilchik – North beach, results yet to be determined.

Ninilchik – South beach, razor clams less than 10.0ug/100g (Date collected: 5/10/2013)

Port Graham Bay, horse clams less than 10.0 ug/100g (Date collected: 5/26/2013)

Jakolof Bay, butter clams 11.5ug/100g (Date collected: 5/24/2013)

Jakolof Bay little neck clams – insufficient number of harvestable clams could be located during this monitoring event.

Jakolof Bay blue mussels, less than 10.0ug/100g (Date collected: 5/27/2013)

China Poot Bay butter clams 8.38 ug/100g PSP (Date collected: 5/26/2013)

Homer Spit blue mussels less than 10 ug/100g PSP (Date collected: 5/25/2013)

Bear Cove, little neck clams less than 34ug/100g (Date collected: 5/23/2013)

This program is not sufficient to certify beaches as “safe” or completely ensure harvester safety from paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). All samples tested during this monitoring effort showed levels well below the 80ug/100g threshold.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me, Terry Thompson, if you have additional questions at 907 226-4656 .

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