Neurotoxin Contaminate Shellfish in Puget Sound

"We have very little warnings of these blooms," said Stephanie Moore aboard the U.W. research vessel Clifford A. Barnes.

by Glenn Farley - King 5 News

PUGET SOUND - You have to go back to the 1940s to find anybody who died from paralytic shellfish poisoning in Washington state, says NOAA biological oceanographer Stephanie Moore. Work by the shellfish industry and county and state health departments have made eating shellfish a safe bet here. 

But she says since the late 1950s there is growing concern than an age old neurotoxin that can cause everything from tingling fingertips to complete muscle paralysis is a growing threat.

"We have very little warnings of these blooms," said Moore 

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"We have very little warnings of these blooms," said Stephanie Moore aboard the U.W. research vessel Clifford A. Barnes.