New Brunswick's Fundy Shoreline Closed to Shellfish Harvesting


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
September 1, 2008

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans on Saturday closed New Brunswick's entire Bay of Fundy shoreline to harvesting for scallops, mussels, oysters, clams and quahogs due to domoic acid contamination.

The area will reopen once testing indicates that the naturally occurring neurotoxin is no longer present.

Domoic acid causes amnesic shellfish poisoning, which can lead to permanent short-term memory loss, brain damage and, in severe cases, death.

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