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Toxin halts some Long Island shellfish harvesting

By Associated Press

SOUTHOLD, N.Y. (AP) - New York State has temporarily banned shellfish harvesting off parts of Long Island after shellfish
samples tested positive for a marine biotoxin.

The ban affects 92 acres in Mattituck Creek and Mattituck Inlet. Clams, mussels and oysters are harvested commercially and recreationally in the areas.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says all shellfish harvesting in the areas is prohibited until further notice in order to protect public health.

The department says the shellfish tested positive for saxitoxin, which causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.

Paralytic shellfish poisoning can cause symptoms including nausea, vomiting and tingling or burning lips. It can be fatal in extreme cases.

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Online: www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7765.html

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