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jmoncad1
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When I was in STT I was told that reef fishing was a bad idea because of fish posionning?
Does anyone have feedback on the current status of the commercial fisheries?8-

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CruzanIron
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I've been eating reef fish my entire life and never had a problem. You hear many times down here of people claiming that they got fish poisoning, but what they really got was sick from eating bad fish or poorly prepared fish. Not one person that I knew that claimed fish poisoning ever showed the real symptoms of ciguatera.

Hallmark symptoms of ciguatera in humans include gastrointestinal and neurological effects.Gastrointestinal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, usually followed by neurological symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches, paresthesia, numbness, ataxia, vertigo, and hallucinations.Severe cases of ciguatera can also result in cold allodynia, which is a burning sensation on contact with cold.Neurological symptoms can persist and ciguatera poisoning is occasionally misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis.

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islandjoan
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From what I've read about ciguatera, you can reach a "tipping point" whereby it builds up in your body and then just a small amount all of a sudden makes you sick.

So just because you've eaten reef fish all your life and never had a problem, is no guarantee that you won't have a problem in the future.

Although this page is from Australia, it has a firsthand account of the symptoms/effects of ciguatera.

ciguatara article

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Alana33
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CruzanIron
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Yeah, nothing there about building up in the human body either.

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