[Source: Providence Journal, October 7, 2016]

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Department of Environmental Management has banned shellfishing in all of Narragansett Bay south of Conimicut Point in Warwick because of a harmful algae bloom caused by toxic phytoplankton. The ban took effect at sunrise Friday and is in place until further notice.

“Major, major portions of the Bay are closed until further notice,” DEM spokeswoman Rose Amoros Jones told The Providence Journal on Friday morning.

The DEM 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…