As ocean temps rise, so does risk for shellfish poisoning

It’s not unusual for people to have shellfish allergies, but even non-allergic people can get sick from eating shellfish, thanks to contamination that occurs when the filter-feeding sea creatures take in toxins in warm ocean waters. Now, research is showing that the algae and bacteria that cause these toxins are becoming more prevalent as sea […]

Biotoxin outbreak impacting California coast sea life

The spread of algal blooms along stretches of the California’s Central Coast has produced an outbreak of a deadly biotoxin, and resulted in the deaths of large numbers of marine animals.

Scientists have identified the marine biotoxin domoic acid as the culprit in the outbreak. Domoic acid is produced by algae and accumulates in shellfish […]

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After food safety scares, China retailer offers baby milk insurance – Fox News

A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting the lengths […]

Unraveling acronyms: What are ASP, DSP and PSP?

Whether it’s ASP, DSP or PSP, it all comes down to shellfish and biotoxins.

Shellfish poisoning can occur when shellfish contaminated with any of a number of marine toxins are consumed. The individual toxins can lead to a range of conditions and symptoms.

It’s important to remember the algae that produce these toxins are usually […]

Robotic sensor used to search for harmful algae, pathogens

There are some pretty cool things beneath the waters of Puget Sound – fish, shellfish, robots.

Yes, robots, and they’re doing an important job. This summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) deployed a robotic sensor called the environmental sample processor (ESP) to detect the presence of algal blooms […]

Neurotoxins such as domoic acid can disrupt salmon brain activity

There’s something in the water.

And it’s making salmon go crazy.

OK, maybe not crazy, but new research shows salmon that have been exposed to algal neurotoxins such as domoic acid, saxitoxin and brevetoxin exhibit changes in their behavior and brain activity.

The study, published online June 25 in Science Daily, also found small doses […]