Parts of Narragansett Bay Closed to Shellfishing

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Officials have banned shellfishing in all of Narragansett Bay south of Conimicut Point in Warwick, Rhode Island, because of a harmful algae bloom caused by toxic phytoplankton, according to an article on ProvidenceJournal.com.

The Department of Environmental Management and the state Health Department are collecting shellfish to determine whether the toxin, known as domoic acid, is present in shellfish meats at “levels of concern.” The toxin can cause amnesiac shellfish poisoning in humans, which includes short- and long-term memory loss among other serious health effects.

Read about a toxic algae bloom closing shellfishing areas in Narragansett Bay.