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“First U.S. Case of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning.” The event described in this article happened with shellfish collected in Sequim Bay. The Jamestown Tribe is highlighted in the story as having a biologist on staff to test for shellfish issues. They harvest lots of shellfish from the bay and surrounding areas, so they are very aware of the risks involved and what needs to be done to protect their customers. The article does not make any point of clarifying whether the Willifords harvested at a beach that was known to be closed to harvest.

The mussels the Willifords ate around the campfire that night were indeed poisoned. But it was a natural type of poison. The shellfish had sucked up a toxin produced by a certain type of algae called dinophysis.

Jamestown S’Klallam Testing for Shellfish Poison in Sequim Bay – NW Indian Fisheries Commission

To be clear, this story is not saying that they have found levels of DSP to be concerned about this year, only that they are testing the catch. – Editor

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is testing a variety of shellfish species for Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP).

After discovering dangerous levels of the toxin in Sequim Bay last summer, the tribe wants to understand better how shellfish are affected by DSP. If shellfish contaminated with high levels of the toxin is ingested by humans, it can cause severe flu-like symptoms. Cooking or freezing the shellfish does not kill the toxin.

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