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Monitoring of Phytoplankton in Seawater around Scotland

Institutions
Fisheries Research Service
Start date
2001
End date
2002
Objective
Certain phytoplankton species can produce toxins that accumulate in shellfish. These toxic shellfish, if consumed, can pose a serious risk to human health. EU directive 91/492/EEC obliges member states to monitor coastal waters for the presence of toxin producing phytoplankton species, specifically Alexandrium spp. (PSP), Dinophysis spp. (DSP) and Pseudo-nitzschia spp. (ASP).

This project fulfils two requirements:

1. To monitor the coastal areas around Scotland for the presence of toxic phtyoplankton; and

2. To monitor water samples from selected offshore areas historically associated with high levels of ASP toxicity in scallops to allow for detailed taxonomic analysis of the phytoplankton species present.

More information

Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the Food Standards Agency Research webpage.

Funding Source
Food Standards Agency
Project number
S01016
Categories
Natural Toxins
Commodities
Seafood