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UHA happy about Hong Kong’s decision to lift geoduck import ban

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The Underwater Harvesters Association is happy that Hong Kong has lifted a ban on importing geoduck clams from BC.

The ban was put in place at the end of December after the PSP toxin, or paralytic shellfish poisoning, was found in live geoducks shipped to Hong Kong.

UHA Executive Director Michelle James says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has made some changes to ensure the health and safety of geoducks being exported from Canada

James says those testing procedures will continue.

She says even with the ban lifted, the industry is still facing challenges, because the entire west coast of Vancouver Island is closed due to PSP.

James says Hong Kong represents about 40% of their market for geoduck clams.

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(photo from UHA website)

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