Pink tide has hit Cape Ann and the North Shore, and all shellfishing is banned.
The state’s Division of Marine Fisheries on Thursday banned harvesting of all softshell and razor clams on Cape Ann and the North Shore. That adopted an announcement Wednesday that the harvest of blue mussels, carnivorous snails and entire sea scallops was prohibited due to elevated ranges of paralytic shellfish poison toxin, also referred to as crimson tide.
It’s nonetheless protected to swim, mentioned Gloucester shellfish warden Peter Seminara, as this crimson tide is totally different from the kind now plaguing Florida and killing fish and aggravating beachgoers there.
“That is strictly a dangerous bloom of one other sort,” he mentioned of the native crimson tide, a potent neurotoxin produced by a naturally occurring marine algae. “Filter-feeding shellfish ingest it and it will get concentrated within the meat.”
Consuming contaminated shellfish is doubtlessly deadly to people, and cooking doesn’t eradicated the hazard.
The crimson tide — and the shellfishing ban — extends from the New Hampshire border to the waters, tributaries and flats off Amesbury, Beverly, Boston, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Lynn, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, Peabody, Revere, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Saugus, Swampscott and Winthrop. The ares concerned are N:1 by N:28.
Seminara mentioned he doesn’t understand how lengthy the crimson tide is sticking round.
“We’re a pair weeks at the least,” he mentioned, relying on how the degrees of the toxin rise or fall. Testing earlier this week confirmed increased ranges in Essex Bay than within the Annisquam River.
Fried Essex and Ipswich clams are a specialty for native eating places, and lots of, together with Woodman’s of Essex, have a fallback plan in case reserves run low.
The state is predicted to retest for the toxin on Monday, Seminara mentioned, and the outcomes must be introduced later within the week.
“There isn’t any testing in anyway till subsequent week on this material,” says a message left Thursday night by Knovak on Essex’s clam flat closure hotline. “So till additional discover, all … clam flats in Essex are closed.”
The Essex flats had already been shut down all week as a result of heavy rainfall.
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