Vigilance advised after saxitoxin found in clams

Scientists have detected toxic algae in clams from the Bering Strait and Chukchi Sea regions of northern and western Alaska, according to a new bulletin. It’s an indication that ocean warming is moving northward, allowing the growth of Alexandrium catenella, a type of algae that can produce saxitoxin. If ingested, saxitoxin targets the nervous system…

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Raising awareness about algal toxins in the Bering Strait region

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Health care professionals and the public attended a two-day workshop in Nome last July to learn about the growing threat from algal toxins. More than 40 people participated in the workshop, which was jointly sponsored by the Alaska Ocean Observing System, the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, NOAA, and Alaska Sea Grant. The first day of…

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Bering Strait: Algal Toxin Workshop

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July 16, 9 am – 4:30 pm (open to public) July 17, 8 am – noon (health care professionals only) Location: UAF Northwest Campus Education Center, Grand Hall This workshop, cosponsored by Alaska Sea Grant and the Alaska Ocean Observing System and supported by the US Arctic Research Commission, will provide an introduction to algal…

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Marine advisory agents promoted

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Julie Matweyou and Gary Freitag of Alaska Sea Grant’s Marine Advisory Program received promotions this month. Matweyou, the marine advisory agent based in Kodiak, received tenure and is now associate professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, where Alaska Sea Grant and the Marine Advisory Program are housed. Matweyou…

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Alaskans try to combat death by marine toxins

Mass mortality of seabirds. Marine mammal deaths. Alaskans sickened by shellfish. What’s the common theme? Seawater contaminated by toxic algae. Call it death by phytoplankton. A group of Alaskans — including state officials, tribes, nonprofit organizations and researchers — have recently come together to try to combat these marine toxins. The goal is to keep…

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Julie Matweyou

Julie Matweyou Marine Advisory Agent, Kodiak (907) 486-1514 Contact Julie Bio page Marine Advisory Program Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center 118 Trident Way Kodiak, AK 99615 Julie Matweyou Focus Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, Harmful Algal Blooms, Marine Safety, Commercial Fishing, Recreational/Subsistence Fishing, Coastal Stewardship, Marine Literacy, and Regional Economic Development Experience Commercial fisherman: longline-sablefish, halibut,…

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