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  King Scallop

18 July 1999
Fishing and farming for the King Scallop, Pecten maximus, and the Queen Scallop, Aequipecten opercularis  is banned off the west coast and islands of Scotland because of a build up of a naturally occurring toxin in the flesh of the scallop. The ban covers 8000 square miles from the Outer Hebrides south to the islands of Jura and Islay. The toxin causes Amnesiac Shellfish Poisoning and the symptoms when ingested by humans include memory loss, headaches, vomiting, and even death in serious cases. This toxic bloom was first reported off the Canadian coast in 1990 (Ref.)

    King Scallop, Pecten maximus

Plankton Blooms 1999 (Times article 31 July 1999 Link)

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