Fisheries and Oceans Canada forced to close large areas of the Strait of Georgia due to red tide
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) closed large bodies of water from Campbell River to Victoria.
The DFO monitored the area and found high levels of contamination.
Tests showed a a toxin commonly known as red tide in large areas.
Red tide affects mainly shell fish; clams, mussels, oysters, scallops and some crabs.
If cooked the shellfish are not safe to eat.
They are warning residents that consuming the toxic shellfish is a serious health concern.
Symptoms include; tingling or numbness in the mouth, headaches, weakness, and trouble breathing.
Anybody affected is urged to contact their local Poison Control Centre and seek medical attention immediately.
Other closures and contamination’s are listed on the DFO website.