Monitoring Biotoxins in Kodiak Waters

Monitoring Biotoxins in Kodiak Waters

In March, KANA’s environmental department began monitoring four locations on the Kodiak road system: two sites each at Near Island’s Trident Basin and Mission Beach.  Monitoring consists of weekly phytoplankton samples and phytoplankton identification along with biweekly tissue samples collected on the beaches at low tide. Samplings are sent to…

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State of Alaska/DHSS Press Release

State of Alaska/DHSS Press Release

The State of Alaska and Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) have released the following joint press release to KANA for distribution to the communities we serve. Please share this important information with your family and friends. For questions and concerns, please email Stephanie Mason, KANA Environmental Coordinator or Clinton Bennet, DHSS.

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Ocean Monitoring of Harmful Algal Blooms

Ocean Monitoring of Harmful Algal Blooms

Four long-term sites on the Kodiak road system have been established for continuous monitoring of harmful algal bloom species. Of particular concern is the presence of Alexandrium, a genus of phytoplankton that can produce saxitoxin, the toxin responsible for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). KANA Environmental Coordinator Stephanie Mason explains why…

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