Alaska oyster farmers back in business


Several commercial Alaska oyster farmers are back in business after state testing showed their respective shellfish contained greater-than-allowed levels of naturally occurring toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning, a potentially fatal illness.

The Ketchikan Daily News ( ) reported Saturday all bivalve molluscan shellfish, which include oysters, mussels, clams, geoducks and scallops, can contain low and high levels of toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning.

According to Shikat Bay Oysters Director of Operations Aby Twyman, having lost an estimated $25,000, the Alaska oyster farm reopened July 17, and like others, has been able to remain open after a six-week-long, state-mandated shutdown.

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