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EarthFix Reports
10:21 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Are You Going to Eat That? China’s Latest Reason It Considers Northwest Shellfish Unsafe

China's ban on West Coast shellfish continues nearly two months after it alerted U.S. officials of high toxins in two shipments of geoduck clams.
KUOW Photo/Katie Campbell

After China banned all imports of West Coast shellfish, officials in the U.S. defended the imports by saying the Chinese tested the wrong parts of the clams.

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Environment
2:58 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Arsenic Was Toxin In Washington Geoduck Shipment To China

Flickr Photo/USDAgov

Officials in Washington have learned that inorganic arsenic was the toxin detected in a shipment of geoduck from their state to China, not the toxin causing paralytic shellfish poisoning, or PSP, as they previously believed.

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Shellfish Ban
9:25 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Chinese Documents: Tainted Geoduck Shipments Came From SeaTac And Ketchikan

About 5 million pounds of wild geoduck are harvested from Washington waters every year. Nearly 90 percent of U.S. geoduck exports go to China.

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 5:45 pm

SEATTLE -- New details have been released about geoduck shipments that Chinese officials say contained high levels of inorganic arsenic and the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning, or PSP.

In response to their testing, the Chinese government instituted Dec. 3 a ban all U.S. harvested geoduck clams and other bivalve shellfish from Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Northern California.

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Shellfish Poisoning
7:50 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Algal Blooms Becoming More Toxic With Warming Waters

The Williford family is all smiles today. But they weren't so happy when Jessica (far right) was the first person in the US with a documented case of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning. Climate change could make such illnesses more common.
Katie Campbell Earthfix

SAMMAMISH, Wash. — A photograph displayed in Jacki and John Williford’s home commemorates a camping trip that would go down in family history.

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Shellfish Industry
9:36 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Scientists Embark On West Coast Ocean Acidification Mission

The shellfish industry, which injects about $111 million each year into the Pacific Northwest's economy, is particularly at risk from the threat of ocean acidification.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

On Monday scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will begin a one-month US West Coast expedition to investigate ocean acidification, an issue that poses a serious threat to the Pacific Northwest’s shellfish industry.

“We will for the first time not only study the chemistry of acidification, but also study the biological impacts on the marine ecosystems in the open ocean,” says Richard A. Feely, a scientist from NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Research Laboratory in Seattle. Feely is co-chief of the mission.

Read the full story at KUOW's EarthFix.

Shellfish Safety
10:57 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Diarrhetic Shellfish Toxin Closes Some Harvesting Beds In South Puget Sound For First Time

The biotoxin responsible for Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) was found at unsafe levels in shellfish near Olympia for the first time.
EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Washington’s Department of Health closed some shellfish beds in South Puget Sound Wednesday for the first time because of elevated levels of diarrhetic shellfish toxin.

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