2021 01 08 Biotoxin Update (8) – Mussel samples only

General Information

Area openings are dependent upon regular submission and analysis of samples for biotoxin analysis, as set out in a biotoxin monitoring protocol administered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).  

Three consecutive mussel samples, along with a sample of the targeted food species containing acceptable levels of biotoxin must be received in order for CFIA to recommend lifting a harvest restriction in an area.  CFIA will recommend lifting the biotoxin prohibition and a harvest site can then be considered by DFO for fisheries openings.  Once an area is open, on-going submission of mussel samples is required to maintain the opening.  CFIA will recommend closure of the harvest area to DFO if there is a lapse in sample submissions or if unacceptable levels of  toxin are detected (>80 ug STXdiHCl eq/100g; >20 ppm domoic acid (ASP); >0.2 ug /g Okadoic Acid /DTX Toxin and/or Pectenotoxin (DSP)).

Harvest Date: 2020 12 29

Result Date:   2021 01 07

Results:                                  Station:                               DFO Stat Area:

PASSED (<25 ug)                STEAMER PASSAGE            3 – 08

                                              OPEN FOR COCKLES and BUTTER CLAMS (Siphonless)

PASSED (<25 ug)                CANOE PASSAGE                3 – 07


PASSED (<25 ug)                PEARL HARBOUR                4 – 06

                                              OPEN FOR BUTTER CLAMS (Siphonless)

PASSED (<25 ug)                CLAM INLET                         4 – 05


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