Know Before You Dig - Recreational Shellfish Harvest
There are no beaches that are certified or designated as "safe" beaches for shellfish harvesting in Alaska. All recreationally-harvested shellfish- including clams, mussels, oysters, geoducks, and scallops - may contain paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) that, if ingested, can cause death.
If you choose to harvest shellfish in Alaska, it is important that you know the facts about PST, know the species you plan to harvest, and know the symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning and get help quickly!
Get medical help immediately if you experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and tingling or burning lips, gums, tongue, face, neck, arms, legs, and toes, shortness of breath, dry mouth, a choking feeling, confused or slurred speech, and lack of coordination.
In The News
- Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning: An ever-present risk in Alaska 2014 (PDF)
- PSP Press Releases
- Sand Point Test Results (Qagan Tayagungin Tribe)
- SE Alaska Tribal Partnership Test Results
Know The Facts
- Harmful Algal Bloom 101
- Illnesses in Alaska
- Myths and Misconceptions (PDF)
- Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP)
Know The Species
Know The Symptoms
- Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association
- Environment Alaska
- Fish and Game - Sport and Personal Use Guidelines
- Section of Epidemiology