Tag Archives: PSP

Old Harbor Student Contributes to PSP Studies

Joan Barnowsky with PSP presentation in Anchorage. Photo courtesy of Bobbi Barnowsky Kayla Desroches/KMXT A couple of Old Harbor students recently won recognition for their scientific experiments, one which tests for PSP. In late March, the 62nd  Alaska Science & Engineering Fair in Anchorage brought in over 200 submissions.  Among them were Ruby Taylor’s examination of the process of extracting …

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Researchers Developing Cheaper, Faster Monitoring Method for PSP

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Researchers are developing a field test kit that would make it easier to monitor for paralytic shellfish poisoning. Project partners include NOAA researchers from the lower 48 as well as community testers based on Kodiak Island and in the Alaska Peninsula. Despite the high level of toxicity found in shellfish in the Kodiak Archipelago, people still harvest them. …

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High Levels of Toxin Found in Kodiak Shellfish

Steamed butter clams. Yu Morita / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT A person recently fell ill with parasitic shellfish poisoning after consuming butter clams from Roslyn beach in the Chiniak area. Julie Matweyou, Kodiak agent with the Alaska Seagrant Marine Advisory Program, says the incident was nonfatal, but the clam samples came back with an extremely high level of toxin. “Just to …

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