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DSP biotoxin causes recreational shellfish closure for northern Whatcom County ... - All Point Bulletin

DSP biotoxin causes recreational shellfish closure for northern Whatcom County ...
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Molluscan shellfish include clams, mussels, oysters, and scallops. Mussels usually contain the highest toxin concentration.
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Willapa sport shellfish harvests closed due to marine toxin - Chinook Observer

Willapa sport shellfish harvests closed due to marine toxin - Chinook Observer | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
Willapa sport shellfish harvests closed due to marine toxin Chinook Observer WILLAPA BAY — The Washington Department of Health (WDOH) closed all recreational shellfish harvesting in Willapa Bay last week due to increasing levels of the marine toxin...
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Recreational shellfish biotoxin closures - North Coast & Cannon Beach Citizen

Recreational shellfish biotoxin closures - North Coast & Cannon Beach Citizen | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
Recreational shellfish biotoxin closures North Coast & Cannon Beach Citizen Also, recreational harvesting of mussels is closed from Cascade Head (north of Lincoln City) to the north jetty of the Rogue River (by the town of Gold Beach on the south...
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Galicia, ready to apply chemical toxin control method - FIS

Galicia, ready to apply chemical toxin control method - FIS | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
FIS Galicia, ready to apply chemical toxin control method FIS The director of the Technological Institute for the Control of Marine Environment (Intecmar), Covadonga Salgado, says Galicia is ready to apply the chemical method to control lipophilic...
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Toxins in Dorset scallops remain above legal limit - BBC News

Toxins in Dorset scallops remain above legal limit - BBC News | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
The testing of scallops off the Dorset coast continues after high toxin levels, triggered by an algal bloom in May, are found.
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Toxic shellfish warning extended along coastline - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Toxic shellfish warning extended along coastline - Scoop.co.nz (press release) | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
Following ongoing shellfish toxin monitoring the Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) warning has been extended.
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Mimosa ahead of the game as allergen labeling becomes law - shropshirelive.com (press release)

Mimosa ahead of the game as allergen labeling becomes law - shropshirelive.com (press release) | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
People with food allergies will now find eating out safer and easier as extended allergen labelling becomes law from Saturday 13 December.
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FIS - Worldnews - New labelling and biotoxin analysis worry mussel industry

FIS - Worldnews - New labelling and biotoxin analysis worry mussel industry | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it

This Saturday the new rules of the European Union (EU) allowing packaging mussel without explicit mention of the country of origin or the species used will come into force, which concerns raft fishermen and mussel farmers from Galicia.

 

This situation is added to the fact that, as of 1 January, 2015, the implementation of biotoxin chemical control method comes into effect.

 

Galicia has always refused to use this method because it ensures that it harms the sector’s interests. Instead, it advocates the continuity of mouse bioassays.

 

According to the newspaper Faro de Vigo, these two "historical" events can have long term consequences on the production and marketing of Galician mussel.

 

The Undersecretariat of Marine Affairs and part of the productive sector on several occasions expressed their disagreement about biotoxin chemical analysis method.

 

And regarding the new labelling, the Galician Mussel Regulatory Council defends the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and so it has tried to prevent the implementation of that rule.

 

Besides, the Council also blames cannery industries and accuses them of supporting the removal of identifying information to encourage imports from third countries, especially from Chile.

 

The Council notes that "the European Commission (EC) believes it is necessary for processed and canned seafood products to indicate the commercial and scientific name of the species, production method and farming area (country of origin) of the product, as it is stated in the proposed regulation for which the Common Market Organisation for Fisheries and Aquaculture is set."

 

And it complains that "given this proposal, part of the canning industry proposed to remove the obligation to inform the consumer, and the dynamics of corporate governance, parliamentary amendments were presented collecting the removal of such information".

 

For its part, the Association of Mussel Fishermen from Combarro and Raxó, Ameconra, Mexilón de Galicia and Somego de Bueu met in the Council of Pontevedra with the Mayor Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores, and PSOE spokesman, Agustín Fernández, to continue collecting the support for the estuary from political parties.

 

The local government supports the raft fishermen sector and will defend the correct labeling of processed molluscs.

 

To Suso Castiñeiras, Ameconra secretary, the new rules of the common organization of fishery and aquaculture markets "makes it possible to hide the origin of processed or preserved mussels from third countries".

 

And that harms "the consumer in their rights and interests and favours companies trading foreign mussel, hiding information and harming companies processing mussels that are farmed in Galicia, affecting employment," he concluded.

 

 

By Analia Murias
editorial@fis.com
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The canning industry exports more, but for less value - FIS

The canning industry exports more, but for less value - FIS | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
FIS The canning industry exports more, but for less value FIS Despite the repeated episodes of toxicity affecting the Galician mussel sector, exports of canned molluscs showed a rising trend this year: 854 tonnes of canned mussels were exported in...
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Synthesis and biology of cyclic imine toxins, an emerging class of potent, globally distributed marine toxins - Natural Product Reports (RSC Publishing)

Covering: up to August 2014From a small group of exotic compounds isolated only two decades ago, Cyclic Imine (CI) toxins have become a major class of marine toxins with global distribution.
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Seven bailed after Port Fairy shellfish charges - Warrnambool Standard

Seven bailed after Port Fairy shellfish charges - Warrnambool Standard | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
MEMBERS of an alleged seafood trafficking syndicate have been charged with illegally taking and selling commercial quantities of abalone.
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FIS - Worldnews - Rapid shellfish toxins test may be soon available

FIS - Worldnews - Rapid shellfish toxins test may be soon available | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it

A new project to develop a rapid shellfish toxin screen test is underway at the University of Tasmania.

The test, using a similar platform to home pregnancy test kits, is one of the first steps in a AUD 600,000 (USD 525,800) Fisheries Research and Development Corporation project to improve the understanding of Tasmanian harmful algal blooms.

The partial 2012 shutdown of the Tasmanian shellfish industry cost producers AUD 23m (USD 20m) because of a toxic dinoflagellate bloom identified too late on the state's east coast. The new test can reduce screening and analysis times from days to hours or less.

Project leader, Prof Gustaaf Hallegraeff, said research will lead to a quick turnaround water and shellfish toxin sampling procedure able to identify the onset of any harmful blooms, which evolve with changing ocean and climatic conditions.

"Ultimate adoption by the Australian shellfish industry of these improved diagnostic tests will provide an on-site tool for farmers to manage their seafood harvest.

"The outcome is to reduce blanket closures of fisheries, and reducing the risk of unsafe product reaching domestic and export markets," Prof Hallegraeff said.

The project was recently outlined to shellfish growers and industry managers at a meeting held by the Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Advisory Committee (ASQAAC) in Hobart.

Prof Hallegraeff said the unnecessary closure and delayed opening/closure advice for marine farmers was recognised as the industry's top problem, with industry calling for more rapid and reliable biotoxin and toxic species analysis.

As well as marine farmers, recreational fisheries on the east coast were impacted, estimated at a cost of nearly AUD 2m (USD 1.75 m).

He said the 2012 Tasmanian biotoxin event represents a paradigm shift for seafood risk management in Tasmania and Australia as a whole.

The offending species of dinoflagellates are extremely difficult to identify by routine plankton monitoring, and are toxic at very low cell concentrations.

Sampling the extensive Tasmanian coast line poses a major logistical challenge, with early hints that the blooms originate offshore.

The project brings together expertise from the Institute for Global Food Security of Queens University, Belfast, the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), CSIRO , the South Australian Research and Development Institute , the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, Cawthron Institute (New Zealand), the University of Technology Sydney and Advanced Analytical Australia Pty Ltd.

As part of the project, Queens University's Dr Katrina Campbell, a UK specialist in diagnostic testing on algal species, will train IMAS postdoc Dr Juan Dorantes-Aranda in the state-of-the-art technology of rapid shellfish toxin screen tests.

The project has four research objectives:  

 

- Develop, test and calibrate screening techniques for rapid detection and evaluation of toxins.
 - Identify genetic population structure and biology (inshore or offshore origin) of toxic Alexandrium tamarense- group algae using state-of-the art molecular and biotoxin screening techniques.
 - Integrate existing Tasmanian east coast oceanographic modeling with field bloom biology data to enable risk zone prediction during biotoxin event development.
 - Establish the relative risk of Tasmanian seafood species to accumulate marine biotoxins to underpin a state-wide approach to biotoxin risk management.


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Red tide bloom moves closer to Pinellas - Tampa Bay Newspapers

Red tide bloom moves closer to Pinellas - Tampa Bay Newspapers | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
Red tide bloom moves closer to Pinellas Tampa Bay Newspapers “The last major red tide bloom in 2005 had significant impact on our fisheries, the marine recreation industry, the local tourism industry and the quality of life of all Pinellas County...
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DEC says red tide biotoxins likely caused turtle die-off - Riverhead News Review

DEC says red tide biotoxins likely caused turtle die-off - Riverhead News Review | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
Shellfish collected from these locations May 15 tested positive for saxitoxin, a marine biotoxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.
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6 months left to stop mouse bioassay for determination of marine ...

6 months left to stop mouse bioassay for determination of marine ... | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
The presence of marine toxins in shellfish products could lead to fatal food poisoning. Monitoring programs to control levels of toxins establish monthly or even weekly sampling in production areas. Opening or closure of ...
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NZ Shellfish Farmers To Save Time, Money From New Toxin Test - PerishableNews (press release)

NZ Shellfish Farmers To Save Time, Money From New Toxin Test - PerishableNews (press release) | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
The most serious algal toxin threat to New Zealand shellfish can now be detected faster and at around a quarter of the previous cost through a new test method likely to be introduced this year.
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Toxic Shellfish Warning Extended to Opito Bay - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Toxic Shellfish Warning Extended to Opito Bay - Scoop.co.nz (press release) | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
Following ongoing shellfish toxin monitoring, the Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxin warning has been extended up to Opito Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula.
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Farmed in the EU - Inseparable - European Commission

Farmed in the EU - Inseparable - European Commission | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
Farmed in the EU - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable Fish

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John Bostock's curator insight, December 17, 2014 8:30 AM

Let's hope school teachers have the time and freedom to pick up this resource and find aquaculture producers ready to engage..

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Toxic shellfish poisoning: 6 people - SunLive

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Toxic shellfish poisoning: 6 people - Sunlive - The Bay's News First
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Woman dies after eating red tide-contaminated shellfish in Pangasinan - GMA News

Woman dies after eating red tide-contaminated shellfish in Pangasinan - GMA News | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
A woman died after eating shellfish believed contaminated by red tide toxins in Pangasinan province, a television report said Thursday.
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Revealed: London's best restaurants for food allergy sufferers - Evening Standard

Revealed: London's best restaurants for food allergy sufferers - Evening Standard | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
London's best restaurants for food allergy sufferers were named today in advance of new rules requiring “problem” ingredients to be listed on menus.
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Fisheries and Oceans Canada | Pacific Region | Recreational Fishing | Shellfish Contamination Types

Fisheries and Oceans Canada | Pacific Region | Recreational Fishing | Shellfish Contamination Types | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
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International conference tackles harmful algae threats - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

International conference tackles harmful algae threats - Scoop.co.nz (press release) | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
The world’s experts in harmful algal blooms and marine biotoxins will descend on Wellington next week for the 16th International Conference on Harmful Algae (ICHA), hosted this year by Cawthron Institute .
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Toxin prompts shellfish warning - Marlborough Express

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A public health warning has been issued not to take or eat shellfish from Port Underwood, in Marlborough.
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Quilcene Bay closed to recreational shellfishing due to paralytic shellfish ... - Peninsula Daily

Quilcene Bay closed to recreational shellfishing due to paralytic shellfish ... - Peninsula Daily | shellfish toxins | Scoop.it
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Norway - Scallops Contaminated with Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) Toxins | Food Sentry

Norway – Scallops Contaminated with Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) Toxins http://t.co/nX415GC1Nb
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