Sunday, June 10, 2012

Red Tide alert around Powell River, Texada, Cortes, Canada

Unacceptable levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have been detected along the Sunshine Coast. from the southern tip of Texada Island, past Powell River and beyond Cortes Island.

Effective immediately, these areas are closed to the harvest of bivalve mollusks, including clams, oysters mussels, geoducks, scallops and cockles.

There is one area, known as subarea 15-5, which is still open for the harvesting of manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels.

PSP, also known as Red Tide, can harmfully affect anyone consuming shellfish. Cooking does not destroy the PSP toxin.

Harvesters are strongly urged to contact their local Fisheries and Oceans Canada office for updates and additional information prior to any harvesting:

Powell River: 1-604-485-7963
Pender Harbour: 1-604-883-2313
Nanaimo: 1-250-754-0230 Read More