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    Default PSP in halibut cove

    The Kachemak bay research reserve crew from F&G tested butter clams from halibut cove on the last tides and some were hot with PSP. Whether this is residual from last summer or an early outbreak this year it really doesn't matter....


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    I've not seen any notices on this... isolated case, false alarm, or am I uninformed?

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    May 7 - May 13, 2016
    Harmful Algal Bloom Program
    Catie Bursch 907-235-4797 cmbursch@uaa.alaska.edu
    Rosie Robinson 907-235-4797 rmrobinson3@uaa.alaska.edu
    It has been a busy couple of weeks over here at the ResearchReserve! Over the past weekend we were able to go and collect multiple watersamples ourselves. So far the inner bay is seeing a lot of Chaetoceros,but not seeing many blooms. The outer bay on the other hand is seeing multiple Chaetocerosblooms, as well as a Pseudo-Nischia bloom in Tutka Bay for thesecond week in a row, and Alexandrium was seen once in Tutka as well.
    Over the weekend we dug butter clams on the low tide on theflats where Halibut Cove Lagoon empties into Halibut Cove. The samples weresent to the new SEATT lab in Sitka and we already have results back! (very fastturnaround for non-commercial testing!) The butter clams were above theregulatory level, at 118ug/100g. So looks like they retained the toxins fromlast year’s PSP event in Halibut Cove. (butters are known for holding thetoxins up to 2 years). We have notified the state officials about this.
    Also over the weekend we collected a water sample from TutkaBay and filtered it to determine if the Pseudo-Niszchia bloom in Tutkais toxic. It was also shipped to the Sitka lab. Also sent in this week werebutters from Kasitsna Bay lab. Thanks Tania! We are still waiting on results onthese two samples and will let you all know what we find out!
    Our updated phenology chart is below – scroll down to checkit out 
    Thanks for your samples & keep em coming! Catie &Rosie
    Kachemak Bay Research Reserve Phytoplankton Update
    Qualitative Analysis Phytoplankton Data
    INNER BAY DATE 2016 Bay Water Temp Salinity Dominant species Dinophysis Pseudo-nitszchia Alexandrium
    5/7/2016 China Poot 7.0 31 Chaetoceros abundant None seen Present None seen
    5/8/2016 Bear Cove 10.0 22 Thalassiosira abundant None seen None seen None seen
    5/8/2016 Halibut Cove East 7.9 30.9 Chaetoceros & Thalassiosira abundant None seen None seen None seen
    5/8/2016 Homer Harbor 7.7 30.7 Diverse sample None seen Present None seen

    5/10/2016 Halibut Cove West
    7.0
    31
    Thalassiosira
    abundant

    None seen
    None seen
    None seen
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    Outer Bay



    DATE
    2016
    Bay
    Water
    Temp
    Salinity
    Dominant

    species
    Dinophysis Pseudo-
    nitszchia
    Alexandrium
    5/7/2016
    North

    Hesketh Island
    7.4
    31
    Sparse sample None Seen Present None seen
    5/7/2016
    Tutka

    Bay
    -
    -
    Chaetoceros&

    Pseudo- nitszchia bloom
    None seen Bloom None seen
    5/9/2016 Seldovia
    Harbor
    7.5
    20
    Diverse
    diatoms
    None Seen Present None seen
    5/9/2016
    Jakolof

    Bay
    7.3
    35
    Diverse
    diatoms
    None seen Present None seen
    5/10/2016
    Port

    Graham
    8.0
    34
    Chaetoceros

    bloom
    None seen Present None seen
    5/10/2016
    Tutka

    Bay
    7.0 27.6
    Chaetoceros&

    Pseudo- nitszchia& Lauderia bloom
    Present Bloom
    Present

    1 cell seen
    5/13/2016 Seldovia
    Harbor
    8
    ?
    Sparse sample None seen Present None seen
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    Sitka shores are hot with PSP right now. After all it is late may.

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    Any word on Polly Creek?
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    The Polly Creek commercial operation has to have their batches tested before they can sell them same as the oyster farms. A coworker of mine just picked up 12lb of fresh dug and cleaned razors from them out north so I'd say they are good. I think the place is called Pacific Alaska Shellfish. I fed the family several meals worth of Polly razors that we dug a couple weeks ago and no tingling sensations...

    Thanks for posting the info Fishgod. And thanks for the heads up Homerdave.

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